Consolidation Would Not Raise School Taxes

    The proposed consolidation of the Byers and Petrolia school districts is apparently stirring up some confusion in parts of Clay County.
    Officials say if the consolidation passes, there would not be a tax hike.
    Taxes will remain the same, right at about $1.25, regardless of how the vote goes.
    Under the agreement, there will be co-valedictorians and salutatorians for two years.
    Plus, Byers employees would be considered for any open positions in Petrolia and the Byers School building will be turned over to the city.
    Lindy Choate, Clay County Commissioner for precinct one, says, "The only thing it's going to hurt is the kids, if it doesn't pass.  Everybody hates to lose a school.  I was on the school board in Byers for 12 years.  I hate to see it go, too, but that's part of the process.  We've got to do what's best for the kids now."
    Voting for the Byers-Petrolia consolidation issue is this Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    If you live in Byers, you can vote at the Byers Community Center.
    And if you live in Petrolia, you can vote at the Petrolia City Hall, Dean City Hall, and Charlie Community Center.
    Only those who live in the Byers and Petrolia school districts can vote.

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