HASKELL, AR - Officials in the Harmony Grove School District are asking voters to raise their property taxes to finance a new football program.
The measure, which would raise about $1 million, will be on Tuesday's ballot.
Voters in the district in rural Saline County turned away a similar proposal in September. The money would fund a stadium and equipment for the district's 850 students.
The district wants to phase in football by starting with a program for fifth-through-eighth graders. Eventually, the district would field a high school team. The proposed stadium would be constructed on the campus south of Benton.
Harmony Grove School Board President Normal Caldwell said the district now is of a size that it should have a football program. He said not having football is causing some students to leave the district.