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      Early voting begins for RRISD tax increase

      E arly voting for River Road Independent School District's tax increase started today. If voters decide to pass this, it means more money for school repairs, improved technology, school safety and competitive salaries for the staff.

      " W e have four schools and they are all in need. Some of our AC for instance are probably 1960s vintage. So they're old and not keeping up very well. They had a lot of breakdowns over the summer," said Mike Hodgson, superintendent of RRISD.

      D espite the phrase tax increase the total tax rate doesn't change.

      "W e are raising one of the two tax rates but we are lowering the other tax rate an equal amount. So the tax rate in total does not change, Hodgson said.

      A long with physical improvements to the school and salary increases, school safety will also be funded. A school liaison officer from the Potter County Sheriffs Department will be on the campuses.

      "T he school pays seventy five percent of their salary, we pay twenty five percent but they still work for the sheriff's office. they still work for me ," said Brian Thomas with the Potter County Sheriff's Office.

      E arly voting is open until Oct.7, at the administration building or Rolling Hills Elementary School.