Update: Resident's vote "NO" for proposed tax increase - WRBL

Update: Resident's vote "NO" for proposed tax increase

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Auburn City Schools will have to come up with a new plan to fund a proposed high school after the failure of their proposed property tax increase. Auburn City Schools Superintendent Karen DeLano was in a conference Wednesday and was not able to talk specifics but in previous interviews said some cuts may have to happen in order to fund the new school.

Pat Bennett has lived in the Auburn area for years and brought up two children through the school district. She and her husband voted "Yes" for the property tax and she's concerned that it did not pass.

"I've been involved in schools a lot as volunteer work and so I can see how the schools are growing and when you've got a lot more students coming in, the same amount of money doesn't work anymore," said Bennett.

Superintendent DeLano said in previous interviews that all of the schools are growing quickly and by 2015 they would be overcrowded, but the majority of voters did not want their property tax rates to go up.

Residents in the Grove Hill community in Auburn had mixed feelings about the property tax vote. Some didn't wan the increase because they said taxes were increasing in every area but others didn't mind paying more to expand the schools.

"I think it's a quality education system and if we want to maintain that you have to pay for it," said Bennett.

The school district will have to come up with new ways to pay for the high school. In previous interviews, DeLano said transportation, locally funded textbooks, and locally funded staff positions may be on the chopping block.

Bennett is hoping the school system won't suffer if they do have to make cuts.

"She got a good education, she got a scholarship paying for everything for college, and that's because of the schools," said Bennett.

School Board President Matthew Clegg said they will have to regroup over the next couple of weeks.

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