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SIUC student runs for for county board

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JACKSON COUNTY -- SIUC junior Tony Barbato decided to run for Jackson County board in December. 

Barbato says the impact of the county's higher than average taxes prompted him to run. 

"These constituents want they want lower taxes and they want owning property to be more affordable in Jackson County," Barbato said.

The Jackson County board lowered property taxes back in November from 1.65 to 1.62,  but places like Carbondale have some of the highest taxes in the nation. 

Barbato also hopes to bring student representation to the board. 

"If SIU students don't have a voice in their local government they're prone to being taken advantage of and having policies put against them where they're at a disadvantage," Barbato said. 

A disadvantage that Barbato sees are early voting dates.

"The only days that they have where you can go into the student center and vote have been placed over spring break when nobody is on campus," Barbato said.  

And while the Jackson County board doesn't have direct influence over students in regards to tuition or university policies, it's still an important position. 

"It will allow me to have a voice that's a little bit louder, being in a public office like that, being a public servant," said Barbato.

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