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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - April 14, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 r i I 14, 19  W e d n e s d a y,  Kevin Botterbush Rick Lauschke Roxana School Board Gary Harris James Taylor Randal Roberts Edwardsvillo School Board Saundra Hudson last Alton Elementary School Board Debra Brumley Marvin Peterson Robin Fairless WR-Nartlard School Board Mark Cames Mary Fleming Tanya Schiber Regional School Board Terry Taake Michael McNamee  Macoupin County  Stouten  Michael Arnold — Mayor Stouten School Board  Tom Allen Hulda Black Karen Margaritas Rebecca Bohlen Carlinville School Board Charles Siegel Margaret Cervi Ed Hammann Larry Rhodes Gillespie School Board John E. Wenzel Mike Rossetto Referendum— Passed  Greene County  North Greene School Board  Daniel Woodcock Jeff Clanton Robert Schutz David Briggs Carrollton City Council Robert Richey — Ward 1 Herbert Hartman — Ward 3 Carrollton School Board David Fraley Daniel Cunningham William Hobson Referendum — Failed  jersey County  Southwestern School Board  Earl Nixon Jackie J. Dalton Otto Nurnberger David L. Hartman  Jersey School Board  Terne Kallal Mark Vanausdoll  Brighton Trustees  * George Lucas John C. Tandy C.A. “Candi" Down Gratton City Council  Joseph Hutchinson  Calhoun County  Referendum — Shall the Calhoun County Board of Education build and equip a new elementary and middle school building, and issue bonds of said school district to the amount of $3.2 million?  Yes —352    No-177  Six pf eight precincts reporting as of presstime -*= —  -  More election coverage on Pages A-3, 7, 8 and D-5  Vote of approval  Three re-elected to Bethalto School Board  By ANGELA MUELLER  Telegraph staff writer  BETHALTO - Bethalto voters gave their support at the polls to the school board that enforced the suspension of the nine Civic Memorial High School football players last fall, re-electing all three incumbents Tuesday.  Tom Beiermann, Robyn Dreith and Lawrence “Jay” Stemmley all were re-elected.  Beiermann, who has served as president of the board for the past 7^ years, was elected for his fourth term, coming in first at the polls with 1,507 votes.  He said he believed the community showed its support of the board’s decision to uphold the suspension of the football players for alleged alcohol consumption.  “We’re very pleased that  The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH  Voter turnout was heavier in Bethalto on Tuesday in response to the recent school board controversy. Dave and Jan Hester, left, and Nick Smith, center, hand their ballots to election judge Carolyn Cook at the Bethalto Village Museum.  the community is aware of the situation and is pleased with the decision we made," Beiermann said.  Dreith was re-elected for her third term, receiving  1,349 votes. She said she thought the voter turnout proved that the majority.of the community supported the board through the recent controversy.  “I think it definitely shows that it didn’t split the village in half,” she said. “I think the margins say it all.”  ■ See BETHALTO. Page A-11  Lauschke returns to school board  The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Election official Denise Kimball, right, hands her ballot to fellow official Mary Kaufman Tuesday, as Mary Chase, left, and Anna Belle McElroy wait for voters at the 12th precinct polls at 12th Street Presbyterian Church in Alton. As of 10 a.m., only five voters had cast their ballots there.  By ANGELA MUELLER  •Telegraph staff writer  ALTON — President David Lauschke gained another term on the Alton School Board, where he will be joined in November by two newcomers, Virgil Hook and Vivian Monckton.  Lauschke received 2,398 votes, and Hook got 2,326 for the two open seats in Godfrey Township. Monckton, the winning candidate from Alton Township, received 1,682  votes.  This will be Lauschke’s fourth term on the board. He served from 1985 to 1989, when he lost bis bid for reelection. He was re-elected in 1991 and in 1995. He is serving his second year as board president.  Lauschke, a real estate broker with Paul R. Lauschke and Associates, said he is glad to have the opportunity to continue work-  ■ See ALTON, Page A-11  ‘Loud  and  clear’  Voters reject new Jersey high school  By THOMAS WRAUSMANN  Telegraph staff writer  JERSEYVILLE - Voters in Jersey County turned down a $21 million bond issue Tuesday by a wide margin.  The measure to build a new high school was defeated 3,414-1,402.  Among opponents was board member Terrie Kallal of Jerseyville, who insisted that adding to the buildings would better serve the students and taxpayers of Jersey County. Kallal said she would vote for a new school in the future if she felt it was truly needed because of population growth.  “I think the voters pretty much spoke loud and clear on this issue," said Kallal, the top vote-getter among School Board candidates with 3,068 votes. She has been on the board for three years.  Kallal said a better solution to the problems would be to build a roughly $2 million addition to the existing school at about $200 per square foot.  She said that because the school district has a balanced budget, it can afford to make needed improvements at buildings such as Fieldon, Dow and Delhi elementary schools along with the existing high school.  “I think we need to do a feasibility study,” Kallal said, adding that there is no need to  See JERSEY, Page A-11  Wood River library tax hike OK’d  Good Morning  By DARRYL HOWLETT  Telegraph staff writer  WOOD RIVER — The Wood River Public Library received new life Tuesday after voters approved a tax increase.  The proposition passed, 939-784.  The library went 43 years without a tax increase. With the approval, the library operating tax rate will increase from 15 cents to 30 cents for each $100 of Wood River’s equalized assessed valuation.  Library officials were thrilled with the voters’ decision.  "We’re extremely happy,” said Wood River  Public Library director Diane Steele. "We’ve got a lot of people to thank. We had a lot of hard workers and volunteers. It wouldn’t have happened if the community did not go out to vote. We thank the voters.”  Library officials said the increase was needed to offset an anticipated $44,000 loss in revenue from Amoco’s reduction in its tax assessment.  "I think the (proposition) passed due to the support the people have for the library,” Steele said. “Also, the committee got out there and worked hard for such a good cause. The  ■ See LIBRARY, Page A-11  Area/Illinois----A-3-10  Bulletin Board A-6  Business.........D-1  Classifieds........C-9  Comics...........C-6  Editorial   ........A-4  Horoscope........C-6  Nation/World    ..A-10,12  Obituaries........A-5  Bland, Burris, Eaton,  Heitzman, Karr, Neuenschwander, Opel, Osborne, G. Shaw, J. Shaw, Timpe, Traylor, Weber, Wilbon  Scoreboard.......C-2  Stocks...........D-2  Television ........C-7  Weather..........D-6  i Election W^flG  Madison County  Bethalto Village Board  Willard Wallace Mike Dreith Linda Oldendorph Edwardsvillo City Council Herb Clay ~ Ward 5 Richard Rezabek — Ward 6 Glen Carbon Village Board Ronald Sterner Joe Parente Margaret Moggio Godfrey Village Board Eldon Williams Michael Walters Jerry Laaemann  Hartford Village Board  William Moore Jr.  Robert Budde Robert Waterman Boxana Village Board Fred Hubbard Jim Loyd Felix Floyd Jr.  Nick Adams South Roxana Village Board Albert Stahlhut Wanda J. Holmes Edward Hubbard ' Wood River City Connell David Ayres Fred Uteri Hayne; Library Susan Hubber  Roundhere Records  Local bands sure loge at Alton music store  Page IM  Dishing out a beating  -^Edwardsville Tigers show their power in 11-1 game  PageC-l  Vol. 164 No. 89 50 cents  The outlook  Cloudy with a chance of rain late; high near 60, low near 47  Page IHI  Voters defeat lax cap  By PAUL MACKIE  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE - Voters decided hat school and local government spending is too vital to the fiscal lealth of Madison County when a “tax cap” was rejected in Tuesday’s consol-dated election  Although the results were close — 14,139 to 13,131 (52 percent to 48 percent) — a campaign by anti-tax cap officials may have proved decisive.  “A lot of people were working against this poor piece of legislation, and not for selfish reasons," said Harry Briggs, regional superintendent of schools. “I think, as it read on the ballot, it sounded confusing. It wasn’t what it was purported to be. It would have harmed the schools and governments by limiting the amounts they could take in by law.”  Wayne Bridgewater is a Madison County Board member who had supported a tax cap, which appeared on  the ballot as the “Property Tax Extension Limitation Law.”  “I think Harry Briggs was effective in his talks with School Board members and teachers and they defeated the referendum,’ said Bridgewater, D-Roxana. “There was lower (voter) turnout, too, but we’ll live with it.”  He added that voters may have been concerned that their property taxes would increase dramatically before Jan. ll when the legislation would have been enacted if approved.  Many districts within Illinois counties that have passed tax caps have increased their “base” year taxes to protect their abilities to provide services in the future.  Briggs, meanwhile, said he was glad voters did their homework on PTELL. He said he had supported a proposal several years ago by former Gov. Jim Edgar on property tax reform.  But Briggs said this legislation is not  ■ See TAX, Page A-11   

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