West Branch officials won’t seek special election for income tax
BELOIT — The West Branch Board of Education voted to not put a 0.75 percent income tax back on the ballot in February after voters overwhelmingly rejected the request during Tuesday’s election.
Today is the deadline to file to get on the Feb. 4 special election.
The board met this morning to consider the tax. The 0.75 percent new income tax received support from only 23 percent of voters Tuesday, according to unofficial results.
“By taking the action that they took today, the school board has given themselves more time to meet and talk with voters before placing the same basic issue on the ballot in February of 2014,” said Scott Weingart, West Branch’s superintendent of schools. “The result of the election made it clear that our voters need more time and more information before they will approve additional school funding for West Branch.”
The board will consider putting the issue on the ballot sometime next year, he said.
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