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Madison school officials warn about major cuts if referendum is not passed

The Madison School District is asking voters for more money this November.

The referendum asks voters to allow the district to exceed state-imposed revenue limits.

They want an additional $5 million for the next school year, an additional $9 million for the year after that and an additional $13 million for every year that follows.

Here's what that means for tax payers in Madison.

If you own a $250,000 home,

-Your taxes would go up $28.00 the first year

-An additional $43.00 the second year to $71.00.

-And an additional $21.00 the third year for a total yearly increase of $92.00.

Again the referendum is recurring, so the third year tax increase -continues forever.

At Jefferson Middle School, Madison school officials told a crowd, if the referendum doesn't pass, they'll have to make some serious cuts.

"It's going to be direct program cuts and classroom cuts and every child will be negatively," says Madison Board of Education President Arlene Silveira.

"What's going to happen to my kids classroom when those resources get taken away?" says parent Deb Gilbert of Madison.

There are two more public meetings planned for the November referendum.

Wednesday, October 22nd

Wright Middle School

1717 Fish Hatchery Rd.

6:30pm

Tuesday October 28

Sennett Middle School

502 Pflaum Rd.

6:30pm

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