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O'Fallon School District 90 faces cuts after voters reject tax increase

4:28 PM, Apr 10, 2013   |    comments
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O'FALLON, Ill (KSDK) - It was a bad night for three Metro East school districts when voters rejected giving them some financial assistance.

Voters rejected proposals in Smithon, Grant and O'Fallon, Illinois.

O'Fallon, Illinois District 90 was seeking a 49-cent property tax increase.  Without it, officials said they will have to layoff teachers and eliminate programs.  Music, physical education, all electives and extra-curricular activities are all on the chopping block.  Ninety teachers and other employees could lose their jobs.

A group called Citizens Against District 90 taxes claimed victory.  The anti-referendum group said in a statement that citizens are sending a message that raising property taxes is not the answer.

"We want the very best for our children. It is the time for all parties to work together for the betterment of our schools," said Mary Thurman, a spokesperson for the Citizens Against District 90. 

The superintendent said the state of Illinois owes the district $1.5-million and officials expect to lose more that $1-million for next school year.

List: Illinois unofficial election results

In other elections, Grant School District 110, voters rejected a tax hike for the second time in two years.

Voters in Smithton said no to $12-million in school building bonds.

Mascoutah School District 19 got the go ahead from residents to build a new elementary school.

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