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Iowa City to vote on school revenues in February

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On February 5, 2013, Iowa City voters will be asked to renew the Iowa city Community School District's revenue purpose statement.

That lets the board continue spending a one cent sales tax and allows them to borrow money to fund the district's 700 plus new students.

"It's just a great opportunity for our school district," said Stephen Murley, Superintendent.  "However, we're having a hard time keeping up with that growth."

The district currently has these abilities through 2017.

The special election asks voters to extend the rights through 2029.

Some groups already know how they want the district to spend any additional money.

One group says renovated schools and a new east side elementary school.

Parents in north liberty want a high school built in their own town.

"The city would probably benefit a lot from a third high school," said Damon Tivesar, Parent.  "I'm pretty sure that was in the works."

Right now school district officials say their priority is renovating and improving existing schools, not building any new ones.

"It takes us time to build buildings," said Murley.  "We know that we have needs right now in our current facilities and we'll be able to tackle those right away."

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