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Nauvoo-Colusa School District puts tax hike on April ballot

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NAUVOO, Ill. (WGEM) -

Nauvoo-Colusa School District officials say due to state budget cuts, they don't have enough money to keep their school running.

They're now asking taxpayers for their help with a new referendum on the April ballot.

The school district is asking for a tax increase of 55 cents per $100 of assessed property value.

For example, if you own a $100,000 home you would pay an additional $183 per year in taxes.

"If the taxes have to go up so the kids can go to school and learn something and be somebody. I guess that is what we need to do," said C.E. Hummel.  

However, some residents say it would be a hard hit to their pocketbook and many can't afford it in Hancock County, where unemployment is at 9 percent.

"My own personal take, my tax increase would on my local property taxes would be about $400 a year, that's significant," said Jane Langford.

But Superintendent Kent Young said the school is in need of money just to keep the school afloat.

And Young said, being a small district, there isn't much they can cut to compensate for the lack of state funding.

"We don't have a lot of things to cut. You know we only have one first grade teacher, one second grade teacher, one third grade teacher. You can't cut those kinds of things," said Young.

Young said the board has tried to be cautious about spending in the past, but it just hasn't been enough.

"The past boards and the current boards have been conservative, so we don't go out and spend a lot of extra money, by any means but it is just something that has to be done," said Young.

But as the day approaches for residents to vote on April 9, residents like Jane Langford said they have more questions about the tax hike than answers.

"I think our school board and our superintendent need to tell us what kinds of things the increase is going to fund," said Langford

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