Board holds back on school proposal decision

Published 05/13 2013 10:47PM

Updated 05/14 2013 10:58AM

CHAMPAIGN -- The school board isn't ready to make a multimillion dollar move. Members learned about two renovation proposals Monday night.

Together, the price tag is $193-million. But rather than pick one to put on a referendum, they want to do more research.

One suggestion includes requests for proposed building sites, including the new Central High School. The idea of having homeowners foot the bill has some worried.

"You actually lose net revenue because people pack up and leave and go to someplace else because of the tax base. The net tax base is lower," said Nathan Miller.

"I think that Champaign would be very wise to support its schools and putting some energy into making sure they're getting the resources that they need," said Margaret Lewis.

A tax increase would pay for the projects. Homes valued at $100,000, would see an extra tax of $250 per year.

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