Greenwood Board to make call next week on referendum

The Greenwood Board of Education will decide early next week if it will put another 5-year operational revenue cap exemption referendum in front of district voters on April 7 spring ballots. While the Board is considering several options for a referendum dollar amount and the potential property tax impacts, District Administrator Todd Felhofer said it will again be a matter of asking residents if they want education in Greenwood to continue at its current level of quality.
Greenwood has a full year left on the $750,000 annual cap exemption that approximately 57 percent of voters approved in April 2016. Due to election law restrictions, Felhofer said the district needs to consider another question this spring, or else it will have budgetary headaches later in the year. Without a new cap exemption, he said the district will have to consider “massive” cuts to educational programs as soon as the 2020-21 school year.
The Board will meet at 7 p.m. on Jan. 20 in the high school board room to discuss referendum options and possibly approve a question for the April 7 ballot. The deadline to get a question on this spring’s ballot is Jan. 22.
If the Board does not go to referendum in spring, its next option would be the Nov. 3 general election date. Recent state law changes prohibit school districts from calling special referendum elections, so they have to hold them on regular election dates.

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