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Willmar Lakes Area Chamber Of Commerce supports operating levy referendum

WILLMAR - The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted last week to support the Willmar Public Schools operating levy referendum.

The decision was based on a membership survey of chamber members and the recommendation of the Public Policy Committee.

The survey had a response rate of 13.86 percent with a clear majority voting in favor supporting the operating levy referendum.

"Chamber members have always valued good education for our children and supported the school district," said Board Chair Dean Bouta in a news release. "This was a difficult decision for the chamber, as we do understand and appreciate that in the current state of the economy, many businesses have been forced to reduce their operating expenses and asked their employees to share in the reductions; we remain optimistic that our economy will become stronger, and we must continue to move forward."

Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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