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Group launches pro-levy effort

Taxpayers may soon see lawn signs and fliers seeking their support for the South Washington County Schools referendum.

A group of citizens formed a committee to advocate for passage of the district’s two levy questions and bond measure on the Nov. 5 ballot.

The citizen group is called Committee for VOTE, a name borrowed from past District 833 referendum campaigns.

The group is supportive of the referendum, but “the focus is really on trying to get people to the polls” because parents as a whole want to see the levy approved, said Winnie Williams, who is going to lead the effort with fellow Woodbury resident John Norris. Williams said they need to raise awareness because there aren’t higher-profile political races on the ballot.

Williams said the group is enlisting parents to help share levy information with other parents in each school building. The group also is going to distribute yard signs and literature and is buying advertising in support of the referendum.

The citizen effort is separate from District 833 administrators’ levy information campaign, which by law cannot advocate passage or ask voters to cast their ballots a certain way.

No levy opposition groups have been publicly organized.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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