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Weston village board to send bus referendum to the voters in November

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WESTON, Wis (WSAU) -- Weston's village board will be sending the decision on having a bus route back to the voters.

The board voted 4 to 2 Monday night to set up a binding referendum on the November ballot that would ask for a tax levy to keep the Metro Ride service in the village. This after a number of speakers came forward to ask the board to keep the service running in the village.

Before they could do that, the board first voted to get rid of the old ordinance requiring the service. Administrator Dan Guild says that was part of the order of business. "By rescinding the ordinance, that allows the trustees to consider a plurality of options beyond the scope of what is laid out specifically in the code." That vote came through unanimously.

The board then discussed how best to move forward with the plans for the bus route. Village board member Fred Schuster said the matter should go back to the public because of the difference in voting last time. Residents voted in 2012 to reinstate bus service but not raise taxes and Schuster says that shows that the community is of two minds on the issue.

Village administrator Dan Guild said the board needs to take the issue back to the public if they want to raise tax money to pay for the project thanks to restrictions put in place under state statutes. Guild says his staff will be getting things ready. "Over the next two weeks we'll be working out a referendum resolution and the appropriate language which will be presented to the board at its next meeting on August 18th, and then we will submit that to the state the following week by their deadline in order for it to get on the ballot for the November election."

About 20 members of the NAOMI group along with other bus advocates showed up for the meeting.

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