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January 24, 2013

Barr-Reeve discusses referendum

Vote is May 7 for Montgomery schools

MONTGOMERY — Barr-Reeve Superintendent Travis Madison hosted an open meeting of the Barr-Reeve Community Schools Board of School Trustees Tuesday night to address questions about a proposed tax referendum.

More than 70 people were in attendance and several asked questions following Madison’s presentation, but there was no outward resistance to the idea of an operating referendum.

“I felt very positive about the meeting last night,” the superintendent said Wednesday. “I thought there were good questions brought up.

“I haven’t heard a lot of opposition; I think there are a lot of questions, and that’s good.”

It’s good, he explained, because it shows the B-R community is invested in its schools. Gary Graber and Jamie Miller are two examples.

“To me, the bottom line is: If you lose your school,you lose the town,” Graber said, adding that people want to move into the area because it’s a nice place to live.

A Barr-Reeve graduate himself, Graber said his children and grandchildren also attended B-R schools, and he believes it’s a good school system. He said the tax will not be hardship and wondered why anyone would want B-R to consolidate with another school and pay higher taxes when they can keep their own school and pay lower taxes.

“I thought the meeting was very informative,” Graber continued. “I’m looking forward to voting May 7. To me it’s a no-brainer for people who live in this area.”

Miller, also a B-R graduate whose children attend or attended B-R schools, agreed. She also called the issue a “no-brainer.”

“To me, it’s basically a no-brainer if taxes will go up anyway,” she said.”I want to keep my school. If I’m gonna pay more, I want it to go to my school.”

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