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UPDATE: Weston board to ask voters to raise taxes

WESTON (WAOW) -

Weston voters will be asked to raise taxes to pay for a bus service and to compensate for a budget shortfall, the village board decided Monday.

At a meeting, the board voted to insert a two-part question on the November ballot. One question will ask voters to raise the property tax levy to pay for the bus service, which village leaders estimate will cost $120,000 per year.

The second question will ask voters to raise the tax levy again to come up with $400,000 to cover a budget shortfall.

"We looked at other funding sources, and that's what we came up with," said Fred Schuster, Weston board president.

Earlier this year, Weston residents voted to bring back the bus service that was cut due to a tight budget. Daniel Guild, Village of Weston administrator, told Newsline 9 raising taxes could pay for the bus service. But state law limits how much the village can raise taxes on its own, Guild said, so a referendum is necessary.

If taxes aren't raised, Guild said the board will have to begin "slashing" some services to pay for the bus service and overcome the budget shortfall.

Ultimately, Weston voters will decide if they want to pay higher taxes. The question will appear on the November ballot.

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