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Reading the July 27 edition of the Houston County News, it appears that the school district is looking for another $20 million or thereabouts.

I haven't even finished paying the second payment of their new school referendum and they want more.

My increase in taxes on that referendum was about $464 on top of the $7,000 I was already paying for real estate taxes.

Now they are talking about another increase of about $450 on my tax bill. The last referendum gave the district $1 million a year for 10 years for what/ -- $500,000 a year to cover its losses for the past how many years and $500,000 for miscellaneous expenses. What was done to eliminate the yearly loss of $500,000? We are stuck with this million a year for 10 years and now they want to spend another $20 million.

Somewhere the spending has to be brought under control. I worked with a budget for 31 years, my goal was to work within that budget. Why does the district even have a budget when they know they were unable to work within it?

John Dickson, La Crescent


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