Invest in 186: We Have Support, Give Us A Referendum

Invest in 186: We Have Support, Give Us A Referendum

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

The Springfield School Board wants more organization, fundraising and outreach from parent’s group Invest in 186 before it will consider a push for a property tax hike on this year’s ballot.

Katharine Eastvold of Invest in 186 says… right back at you.

“Really what’s keeping this from really taking off is the board has not told the community where they stand,” Eastvold said.

At least one school board member, Board President Chuck Flamini, said at Monday’s meeting he wants a revnue increase because the district needs it. But both he and interim superintendent Bob Hill knows a referendum on the 2014 ballot won’t pass unless there’s significant community support.

The group says continuous budget cuts, uncertain state funding and siginficantly depleted reserves make the picture clear: more revenue is needed.

Recent Headlines

in Local

McMenamin Not Pleased with CWLP Plan


The Springfield City Council will vote Tuesday on a rate restructuring plan for City Water Light and Power to shore up the electric fund's debt.

in Local

Durbin: More Gun Control, Please


Dick Durbin is sounding a familiar tune.

in Local

Peorian Selected to Replace Peorian in Illinois Senate


Chuck Weaver is the man tapped by a committee made up of Republicans to replace Darin LaHood in Springfield

in Local

AAA: Springfield Enjoys Lowest Average Gas Prices in Illinois


The Pain at the Pump is less painful these days.

in Local

Illinois Schools Prepare for New Rating System

school test

The system will grade the schools and districts much like students taking a traditional classroom test are graded.