continued If approved, payment for the buses would come from the current budget’s fund balance.
“There would be no additional funds that would need to be raised through the tax levy,” Osborne said. “We would also get the 63.7 percent back from the state for the purchases.”
Osborne said if the propositions were defeated, the district would be faced with functioning with two, “very high mileage,” buses or contacting other school districts for a potential bus loan.
“I do not see an immediate danger right now, but we need to be proactive and looking forward to ensure the condition of our buses and the safety of our students using them,” Osborne said.
The district will be sending out an information packet on the referendum to households via mail after the Christmas break. The information is currently online at the school’s website, elcs.neric.org.
A public hearing on the matter has been scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m. in the school conference room.
Absentee ballots can be obtained by calling District Clerk Lauri Cutting at 873-6371, and should be submitted by 5 p.m. Feb. 6.