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Janesville school board approved budget increase

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Stan Stricker
October 13, 2009

Two Janesville school board commissioners stand alone in attempts to further reduce the district's budget.


Bill Sodemann joined Diedre Richard Tuesday night in voting against the $129 million spending plan. Richard simply asked for a 0% tax levy increase. Sodemann asked his fellow board members, if this wasn't the economy to freeze taxes, what was? Commissioner Tim Cullen felt the current economy called for shared suffering, with property owners paying a small increase in taxes. Cullen says he's convinced the school district will be key to the community's economic recovery. The tax levy increase is expected to be about 2%, with the owner of an average $141,000 home paying $37 more to the district.


The school board is expected to approve the tax levy at its meeting in two weeks.



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