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By Mount Vernon News
June 27, 2013 11:59 am EDT


HOWARD — The East Knox school board on Wednesday took the first step toward placing a tax levy on the November ballot. It passed a resolution, 4-1, declaring it is necessary to raise more funds and asking the county auditor to certify the amount of tax needed to generate the amount of money the district must raise.


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There was some hesitation on the board’s part to place the issue before the voters again. Treasurer Jessi Busenburg said the district will be on fiscal watch by July 1 and faces an $800,000 deficit by the end of the 2013-14 school year if a levy is not passed. She said the state oversight committee, if necessary, would encourage the district to go on the ballot.

The board talked about the cost reduction measures already taken and pondered what else could be done.

“We’re kind of forced to put it on the ballot in November,” said board member Craig Campbell.

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