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District residents to face referendum
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By Brian Graybgray@themonroetimes.comGRATIOT - Black Hawk school district residents are headed back to the polls.The school board voted unanimously Monday to approve a resolution to ask voters for a non-recurring referendum for the next three years, said Charles McNulty, superintendent.District residents will vote on the referendum Sept. 14, which is the day primary elections are held across the state.The referendum will ask voters to allow the district to exceed state-mandated property tax revenue limits by $450,000 in the 2010-11 school year; by $550,000 in the 2011-12 school year; and by $550,000 for the 2012-13 school year.The money from the referendum can be used for the 2010-11 school year if the referendum is passed before the district's annual school board meeting in October.The money will be used to cover operating expenses, McNulty said. "This will allow us to maintain our academic standards as well as extracurricular programs," he said.If voters approve the referendum, the district's tax rate would be a little less than $11 per $1,000 of equalized property value. If voters don't pass the referendum, the district's tax rate would be about $8 per $1,000 of equalized value, McNulty said.In April, voters defeated a recurring referendum that would have allowed the district to exceed the spending limit by about $800,000.A recurring referendum doesn't have an end date.

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