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O'Fallon School District Layoffs Loom After School Tax Hike Fail

O'FALLON, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois school district says it'll go ahead with cutting 90 jobs now that voters have rejected a tax hike that would have averted it.      

KMOV-TV reports that 65 percent of the voters who cast ballots Tuesday on the O'Fallon School District 90 measure said no.      The proposal called for raising the property tax from 1.4 percent to 1.89 percent on a house valued at $210,000, the average price of a home in the district. That would have amounted to an additional tax burden of $300 per year.      

After the results were tallied, district officials said they understand the voter sentiments and now can move forward. The school system already had notified the affected employees there'd be layoffs if the tax hike failed.

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