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West Branch to try again if income tax fails Nov. 5

October 24, 2013

BELOIT— The West Branch school board will attempt its income levy tax again in February if it fails on Nov. 5....

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STofit

Oct-25-13 7:12 AM

How about outlawing all special elections with the exception of recall elections to remove politicians from office. There are 2 elections a year, I think that is enough. If a vote of more than 50 percent of the registered voters, instead of 50 percent of the folks voting was required, there wouldn't be so many tax bills passed or politicians elected, especially in "special" elections.

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WatchDog

Oct-25-13 12:21 AM

I am still trying to get my head wrapped around how this is legal. Once it is defeated by the voters, it means the voters said no and it is defeated, if they want to put it back on the ballot for another shot, they have to change it and offer up another option. The saddest part about this...the money it costs to keep running these issues each election. It is ludicrous and they are doing it again in just three months if it is defeated. I am starting to think this needs to be challenged.

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Coffeebuzz

Oct-24-13 2:55 PM

As a person who lives in the West Branch School District, the school board has not let the real truth about this tax. The tax which you could read a sample ballot at your county board of elections states "Shall an annual income tax of three-quarters of one percent (0.75%) on the school district income of individuals and of estates be imposed by West Branch Local School District, for a continuing period of time, beginning January 1, 2014, for the purpose of current expenses?" Yes and a estate tax people and a payroll tax. This board is controlled by Scott Weingart. If question the board they shut you down and threaten to have you leave.

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Coffeebuzz

Oct-24-13 2:55 PM

As a person who lives in the West Branch School District, the school board has not let the real truth about this tax. The tax which you could read a sample ballot at your county board of elections states "Shall an annual income tax of three-quarters of one percent (0.75%) on the school district income of individuals and of estates be imposed by West Branch Local School District, for a continuing period of time, beginning January 1, 2014, for the purpose of current expenses?" Yes and a estate tax people and a payroll tax. This board is controlled by Scott Weingart. If question the board they shut you down and threaten to have you leave.

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questioner

Oct-24-13 1:58 PM

Didn't Salem have one that passed several years ago after failing miserably in Nov.? They put it in again during a May or some odd time election that virtually no one votes in, and didn't hype it--most people had no clue it was on a ballot. That way the people for it voted and the rest stayed home.

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STofit

Oct-24-13 6:43 AM

Could we please have a way to have re-elections until a tax is defeated once it has been approved. Most taxes are based on value of some kind and some where along the way the taxes go up automatically whether they say they do or not. (like gasoline hey don't come back down). IMHO most school systems have the worst money handling administrators. It costs 10 to 15 times more to educate a child then the deduction the government allows. Our education system everywhere has been out of control for too many years.

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