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Board to Reconsider Tax Proposal

CHAMPAIGN -- The Champaign School Board is taking a step back and revisiting the issue of raising property taxes.
CHAMPAIGN -- The Champaign School Board is taking a step back and revisiting the issue of raising property taxes. The discussion will happen at tonight's school board meeting, and could lead to another vote. But, as WCIA-3's Amanda Porterfield tells us, not all board members feel the same way.
    Florie Green graduated from Champaign schools. Now, her kids are on the same track.
    "I have two children in the school system now. I have one that's 23 that went through Unit 4 Schools, and I mean these schools are old."
    Green's daughter goes to Franklin; one of three middle schools the district wants to repair. She says paying a little more in taxes to do that is no big deal.
    "We've got a couple of new ones and the rest of them need to be updated. And I am willing to pay for that."
    School Board President Sue Grey agrees, and has no plans to go back on her original vote to borrow $14.5 million in cash bonds, and use property tax money to pay it back.
    "I made a decision and I want to stick with it. Also, I think the opportunity to get this work done is the right time to do it."
    Grey says other board members feel the same way. But, Jamar Brown says the school improvements won't start right away. And, they could use the extra time to find another way to get the money.
    "We made a decision and I want to stand by that decision, but Mr. Brown would like to revisit that decision and as a board, tonight's our opportunity to do that."   
    The tax hike is $25 on a $150,000 home.
    We asked Grey whether a new board member will get to vote. Ileana Savely replaced Greg Novak. Grey says they're checking to see if she can vote since she wasn't part of the original decision.
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