Voters Get Choice on School District Referendum

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School Board Members say they're going to let the voters determine the fate of the 58-cent school referendum.

School Board Members say they don't agree with their lawyers' interpretation of a new law regarding temporary taxes. Lawyers say the law allows the board to pass a 58-cent tax without voter approval. But board members decided that's not the best way to go and want to give voters a chance to express their opinions during the November election.

"I think it's the right thing to do we told the public in two previous referendums that this was temporary that we want to earn their trust and respect and show them that we could get the district moving in the right direction," says board member Jay Nellis.

If the referendum fails the board could levy the tax for the remainder of the 2006-2007 school year. But after that Board Member Jay Nellis says the district would lose $14 million a year.

The School Board says it will ask the Attorney General for her opinion and compare it to their lawyers.