A group of residents in the Alton School District is hoping to mimic the success of a similar group's efforts in Edwardsville. The Alton group has begun collecting signatures in an attempt to put a proposed property tax increase to a vote. Those mounting the effort are accusing the district of raising taxes through what is commonly known as a "backdoor referendum."
Ed Kreitner is a property owner and one of the residents circulating petitions. He tells The Big Z he wants the taxpayers to have a say in whether or not the school district is allowed to raise taxes.
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Information from the Riverbend Property Owners Association indicated they need 3500 signatures by the filing deadline. Director of Finance for the Alton School District, Chris Norman:
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Norman says recent action including the proposed sale of working cash bonds and the Truth in Taxation hearing are all intended to reduce the tax burden on area property owners.