At the USD 489 work session Monday night, the board directed its attorney, Bill Jeter, to submit a petition and signature collection form to Ellis County Attorney Tom Drees. The form begins the process to allow the board to collect signatures and place a sales tax issue before voters.
The sales tax would help fund a $94 million plan to upgrade schools throughout the district.
The signatures are required to put the sales tax question to voters after the Hays City Commission declined to put the question to voters at their work-session on Jan. 8.
The board will need to collect around 1,200 signature in order to put the question on the ballot, but even then it will not be guaranteed to be at the same time as the bond election, as the city commission has the power to require the election to occur during the next election in which the city is participating.
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