03/12/2013 05:17 EDT | Updated 05/12/2013 05:12 EDT

Rossland citizens consider new tax for local high school

The Kootenay-Columbia School District has voted to close the only high school in Rossland, B.C., but some local citizens want the city to bring in a new tax to keep it open.

Rossland resident Aerin Guy says a group of concerned citizens has sent a survey to every household in Rossland. One option it proposes for keeping the school open is to fund the school directly with a municipal a tax increase of between $25 and $125 a year.

"I don't think there is any precedent for it, but this is what happens in a community that badly wants to keep K to 12 education," said Guy.

But asking people to pay a second school tax may not even be legal, according to city councillor and teacher Jill Spearn. She says city councillors just began considering options last night, but expressed concerns about the idea.

"I think people are very reluctant, and philosophically think a tax increase is unfair," said Spearn, "They found themselves between a rock and hard place so to speak."

Should the community fail to find a solution, the school district plans to close Rossland Secondary and bus students to Trail in September.