Morton School Referendum Rejected

By Maggie Vespa

April 6, 2011 Updated Apr 6, 2011 at 6:21 PM CDT

Morton public school officials are headed back to the drawing board..

This after residents Tuesday voted down a boost in property taxes to fund construction on local elementary schools.

Under the $12.5 million referendum, the owner of a $150,000 house would have had to pay about $225 more in property taxes annually.

Morton residents rejected the referendum by a near 89% vote, but those behind a committee to against the move say the discussion is not over.

"Okay this was defeated. Now the hard work is going to begin, and the board and citizens of Morton have got to move forward on a plan that we can all kind of agree on," said Todd Farwell of the 'Vote No' coalition.

"What I would like to do is see the school board and the school district form a cross section of the community.. People who voted yes, people who voted no, people who represent all the schools," added Christopher Farris.

In a statement released by the Morton Board of education, officials said: "We know it is always an uphill struggle to pass a local measure that increases taxes. However, we will continue our efforts to identify solutions that comply with the laws of our state and provide learning opportunities for our children in a safe, dignified and effective manner."

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