The Roxana School District Superintendent has issued a five page response to a statement issued by the Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons last month regarding a tax dispute between the district and WRB Refining, the owner of the Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery. Debra Kreutztrager addresses many points; including listing what the district has done with the additional tax money received.
Gibbons accused the Roxana school district of overtaxing the refinery by millions of dollars and negotiated a court-ordered settlement between the refinery and several local taxing districts including a repayment of $8.6 million from the school district. In her letter, Superintendent Kreutztrager says the district used its share of the money to cover deficit spending, hire more staff, air condition the junior and senior high building, provide laptops to students in grades 6th through 12th, and replace outdated equipment. She said the money was obtained legally through taxes, and rejected many points other made by Gibbons. You can read the full response through this link: