Between door-to-door activity and people seeking out other supporters, a handful of people that live within the Alton School District boundaries have been on a petition drive over the past couple of weeks. A grassroots movement has begun to get the possibility of a tax increase placed on the ballot. The effort requires 3500 signatures by next Thursday.
Ed Kreitner is a property owner and one of the residents circulating petitions.
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Kreitner calls the school district's move to pursue a tax increase a "backdoor referendum." Chris Norman, Director of Finance for the Alton School District told The Big Z in a previous interview that there has been some concern over the tax levy because the Truth in Taxation notice indicated a possible increase of more than 7%. He says they are not anticipating that, and moves being made by the district are intended to keep taxes as low as possible.