Rockford School Referendum

By: Erica Hurtt
By: Erica Hurtt

The Rockford School District is speaking out today about what it calls misinformation concerning the upcoming education referendum.

Just weeks before Election Day, district officials want to clear up what they call misleading comments recently made on 23 News by the leader of reach or Rockford educating all children, statements made concerning the referendum that asks voters to continue the current education tax rate of three point seven percent for another four years.

REACH has been outspoken in its opposition to the latest Rockford School District referendum accusing the district of mismanaging money.

But district officials say that's not the problem.

Jim Jennings of the Rockford School District says, "The fact is the majority of the schools in the state don't have enough money to educate their children. It's a statewide problem, actually a nationwide problem."

Jennings also points out that Rockford schools will actually see a slight surplus this year and Rockford taxpayers enjoy a relatively low tax rate.

"Rockford has one of the lowest tax rates in Winnebago County. We have dropped our tax rate 15 percent since 1997. District 205's tax rate is the fourth lowest in Winnebago County,” says Jennings.

Jennings also says the public will have a chance to address the referendum at two meetings on Oct. 24.


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