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The Washington County School Board unanimously voted Wednesday night to pass the tax increase from 50.8 to 52.9 cents per $100 of assessed property value.
A group of about 30 people were on hand for the meeting, and a balanced mixture of those in favor were on hand to voice their opinions, as well as a group against the tax increase.
The motion to make the increase was made by Pat Clements and seconded by Mike McCain. Clements addressed a family in attendance to oppose the tax as he made the motion. The family had spoken out against the tax, citing difficulty paying bills and dealing with today's tough economy. Clements said while he understood those challenges, in thinking of the family's daughter and doing what would benefit her and other students, he had to vote in favor of the tax.
For the complete story, as well as details of the tax and other comments for and against by those in attendance, see next week's Springfield Sun!