School district takes budget issue to voters

November 10, 2009

Voters in the Hamilton Southeastern school district are voting Tuesday in a special referendum to address funding shortfalls. District leaders are asking for a seven-year property-tax hike to help it close a $5.5 million-per-year budget gap. Enrollment in the district grew by 850 students this year, according to officials. They say approval of the tax hike would let them hire more teachers. The district, which cut $3 million from its budget earlier this year, said the deficits have been brought on by the state’s funding formula, which shortchanges fast-growing districts. Polls close at 6 p.m.

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