The Fifth Time Is the Charm?

By: Laura Gibbs
By: Laura Gibbs

The Harlem School District may turn to voters for money for a fifth time. Monday night the Harlem School Board discussed another referendum. From discussions at Monday's board meeting it is very likely that a $0.40 referendum to increase the education fund will be on the November ballot.

Passing a referendum would bring $2 million into the district. The extra money would help to reduce a $5 million debt, but this would be the district's fifth try and keep in mind the four attempts before have failed.

Harlem Superintendent Dr. Pat DeLuca says he couldn't predict if a fifth referendum would pass saying that "it would be up to the voters."

On Aug. 23, the board will take a final vote since by law a referendum has to be on the ballot by the 27. Before that vote board members said Monday night that they want to see numbers to better describe how a $0.40 education tax increase would affect what taxpayers would spend per assessed value.

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