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Springfield BOE Chair Wants Tax Hike, Wants Community Support First

Springfield BOE Chair Wants Tax Hike, Wants Community Support First

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The Springfield School Board is beginning budget discussions for the next fiscal year, and members are starting to consider whether they’ll support a property tax increase.

Board president Chuck Flamini is for it, but the community has to be behind it first.

“We’re waiting for a sign,” Flamini said. “Not a small group, but they have to put something together where they’ve got some numbers. Numbers are going to be a key to this whole thing.”

A parent’s group, Invest in 186, is pushing for a tax hike but so far hasn’t gathered enough steam to impress Flamini. The group said it so far has 47 people signed up on an e-mail list, plus it’s talked with an unspecified number of supportive community members and has done a bit of fundraising.

Flamini couldn’t specify how much public community support it would take to convince him a tax hike on this year’s ballot has a shot. Scott MacFarland of subdistrict three said whatever the board decides, it should decide quickly.

“If we want to talk about 2015, 2016 revenues, we’re talking about a 2014 election cycle,” MacFarland said. “If we are going to be looking at that cycle, a decision needs to be made sooner rather than later because this board needs to approve anything that goes on a ballot.”

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