WHAT'S GOING ON? ... with that sign

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
People opposed to a property tax increase by the Greencastle-Antrim School District are reaching out to the public. The school board did not raise taxes in 2009, and levied 3.2 mills in 2010.

A grassroots effort is underway to stop the school board from raising taxes. Jim Laye at Jim’s Tavern on U.S. 11 North, put up a sign last week asking residents to attend the April 7 board meeting in the Greencastle-Antrim Middle School.

 A spokesman at the tavern said residents have been meeting there regularly to discuss school issues. They had also prepared flyers to distribute downtown and in residential neighborhoods. The school board moved its 6 p.m. meeting from the library to the cafeteria to accomodate however many people attend.

Bob Crider, director of educational operations, issued a statement, published elsewhere in this week’s Echo Pilot. He explained the district’s challenging financial situation, and said at the Thursday meeting the board would not make a final decision on the amount of any tax increase, and that numbers being tossed about were “rumors”.

Crider stated the meeting would allow one hour for public comment, with half the time devoted to people who supported the stadium improvement plan, and half for those opposed. There is a time limit for each speaker. That issue will be voted on April 7.

The budgeting process will continue until June, when the final budget will be adopted, he said.