Surtax dispute still at a stalemate

In the latest installment of the Cole County surtax ordeal, the Blair Oaks R-2 School District has offered to pay just more than half of what county officials have determined it owes.

In a counter-offer to the county’s most recent proposal to settle the surtax issue, the Blair Oaks School Board proposed several changes, including a stipulation that the amount that they repay be cut from approximately $656,000 to almost $330,000.

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Jim Jones, superintendent for the Blair Oaks School District, explained the reasoning behind the amount. ....

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