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Spaghetti with a side of school politics


Madison (WKOW) -- There was plenty of food and equally as much information at the Goodman Community center.

The Tenny Lapham Neighborhood Association held a spaghetti dinner to help community members understand the madison school districts recurring referendum on the November ballot.

"The school referendum us a complicated issue especially in the times that we are in-- people are concerned about something that is going to increase their tax bill," says association member Carole Trone.

Here's how the referendum works.

The referendum asks to exceed the revenue limit by $5 five million next school year.

By $9 million in 2010 and by $13 million for the year 2011 and every year after that.

What that means to you:

If you own a $250,000 home, you'd pay a total of about $190 dollars in taxes over the first three years.

Then, your taxes would go up around $92 every year after the third year.

People at Tuesday's meeting tried to digest all the information explained by Madison Superintendent Dan Nerad.

Kimberly Wilson's five year old just started kindergarten.

She and other parents worry about the consequences of not passing the referendum.

"It's incredibly concerning to see the education of our children doing downhill because of funding," Wilson says.

Most people in the crowd were parents with kids in Madison Public Schools, and many of them were for the referendum.

Even if the referendum is passed Nerad told tonight's crowd they would still have to make cuts.

The district expects to be more than $8 million in the hole and the first increase only asks for $5 million.

The Madison School District will be holding a meeting of their own Wednesday October 22nd at Wright Middle School at 6:30pm

They'll hold another on Tuesday October 28th at Sennett Middle School. That's also at 6:30pm.

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