Henry County school tax (2009)
This measure failed to pass by voters.
The special election, approved by the county board in early 2009, included a one-mill ad valorem tax. According to school board officials and school tax supporters, the tax is necessary to continue funding several school projects, primarily the school district's NJROTC program.
The existing tax is scheduled to expire in October 2009. Last year the current tax failed to gain the necessary supermajority votes to re-authorize the tax.
In early July 2009, Henry County officials decided to place a proposed tax referendum on hold so that the school board can revise the ballot measure's language. Jo Ann Smith, probate judge and commission chair, said the revision is necessary to ensure that if approved, the money raised could be spent for other things in case NJROTC was ever disbanded.
On July 23, 2009, the commission voted to have a special election on September 23, 2009 after placing the referendum on hold to revise the language. According to superintendent Dennis Coe: "I think everyone knows this time it's just a renewal not a new tax, and I hope they vote yes on the 3 mil tax because the schools really need it."
The National Taxpayers Union included the Henry County school tax in the 2009 General Election Ballot Guide. (dead link) County residents will vote on a one-mill ad valorem tax increase in order to pay for several school expansion projects. The measure would raise taxes and expand government. Be sure to check out the Ballot Guide for more information on this measure and other local initiatives.
Due to the inability of the school district to get this tax approved, their navy ROTC program was to be cut. But an alternate free program offered by the Navy has been provided for those students who still want to participate in this program. Although the school still needs to find alternative funding for other issues, the school board is willing to help students who want to participate in this program still.
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