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OTC advisory council votes for levy-increase ballot issue

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At a July 27 meeting, the Ozarks Technical Community College trustee advisory council voted to recommend that the OTC board of trustees place a 5-cent levy increase on the Nov. 3, 1998, ballot, according to a news release from OTC.

The revenue generated by the ballot proposal would be used to construct a new job training center and to renovate the 67-year-old Lincoln School on the OTC campus at 815 N. Sherman, currently identified as the Graff A Building, the release stated.

The state of Missouri has allocated $3 million for the job training center project, with the condition that the state allocation must be matched by local funds.

The OTC trustee advisory council comprises more than 20 leaders from communities in the college district, including Marshfield, Nixa, Ozark, Republic and Willard.

In their discussion of the possible

ballot issue, the advisory coun-cil members stressed the importance of keeping the $3 million allocation from the state in southwest Missouri, the release stated.

The OTC board of trustees will consider the recommendation of the advisory council at its Aug. 10 meeting, 2:45 p.m. at the old Lincoln School. The OTC Workforce 2000 Committee adopted a similar resolution July 14, stating its recommendation for including the ballot issue in the November vote.

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