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Drop in State School Funding is Hurting School Districts

ROSCOE- Officials say programs for students at the Kinnikinnick School District would be eliminated if voters don't pass a tax increase in March.

School officials say programs for students at the Kinnikinnick School District would be eliminated if voters don't pass a tax increase in March. They say the drop in state school funding is really starting to hurt.

"The district has had the lowest tax rate in Boone and Winnebago County for several years. So we haven't had the extra revenue coming to the districts. And, with the addition of the state pulling back on general state aid we've lost approximately five-hundred thousand dollars every year in the past five years, said Keli Freedlund, Kinnikinnick School Superintendent. 

If passed residents with a one-hundred thousand dollar home will pay an additional $159 dollars this year and
$269 dollars in 2015. Some parents say it's worth it for their children to get a good education.

I have kindergarten, first grade and I have two third graders. It's important to me that they have the same kind of schooling that everyone else gets in the public schools. You know I don't want to see them without library and music and art and I hate to see some of the other special programs go," said Chelsea Benson, a parent with children in the Kinnikinnick School District. 

Benson says parents will try to figure out how to make the sacrifice.

"It's not a huge impact. There's some things you know if it's a change for you or hard for the families you can make small easy cuts. You know for me maybe I don't go to McDonald's every morning and get my egg McMuffin."

But will voters who don't have kids in the school system feel the same way? The superintendent says it's on the ballot because the need is there.

We will deplete all of our funds by 2017 and so going forward we needed to have a unanimous vote by our board to put this on to the ballot for the primary election and the voters of the Kinnikinnick District will then decide how we'll move forward.
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