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Harrisburg School District moves forward after millage vote fails

(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
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HARRISBURG, AR (KAIT) -

The patrons of the Harrisburg and Weiner School District rejected a vote to increase Harrisburg’s millage on Tuesday.  

Despite the fact both schools consolidated in 2010 it did not surprise Superintendent Danny Sample that the measure failed.  

“We have put that millage on the ballot ever since the merger of the two districts and it has not even come close to passing at the time,” said Harrisburg School District Superintendent Danny Sample.  

The rejection did not come as a surprise to Weiner resident Jill Gillis either, but it did disappoint her. 

“To me, that’s a point of fairness and it’s a point of equality among the patrons of the district, ”said Gillis. 

Superintendent Sample says the school does not feel an urgency to have District Wide Uniform Rate of Tax unless state requirements change.  
However, district says they do have options other than raising Harrisburg’s rate.  

“What we have the option to do is either put 35.5 or 39.9 or anything between, below, or above,” said Sample. 

Currently, Sample feels the district could not reduce their current cash flow meaning Weiner’s rate will remain higher than Harrisburg’s.  

Gillis says she would just like to see both communities support their students, even if it means a tax increase for all.  

“We feel very strongly about investing in education for our students and for doing what we think is best for them,” said Gillis. 

Gillis added that when Weiner was a separate school district they never failed to pass a millage increase for the school.  

Sample said with inflation and expenses he feels there will come a time when the millage must be increased for all patrons.  

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