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A $370 million bond issue for the Wichita school district is one of many items on the ballot.

Both sides hit the campaign hard.

"I'm still feeling very positive from the voter turnout. I'm excited about
that," said bond supporter Lynn Rogers.

Rogers is running the Vote Yes campaign. He is also the president of the Wichita School Board. If the issue passes, the $370 million will go to build new schools to help with overcrowding. The funds will also be used to upgrade outdated athletic and fine arts facilities.

"If folks turn away because of the economy that's one thing, but if they
believe some of the misinformation that is out there that would be
discouraging," Rogers said.

Rogers is referring to misinformation from the other side. He says campaigns like Bob Weeks and Citizens for Better Education are misleading voters.

Weeks says people need to hear the other side and vote No. He says a struggling economy and the recent announcements of turmoil in the aircraft industry leads people to want to save money, not spend more on taxes.

If the bond issue passes, the owner of a $100,000 home will spend about $42 more per year in taxes. If it doesn't pass, the district says it will take years to get new schools built.


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