Northern Cass asks voters to approve $6.2M bond issue for school upgrades

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Posted: Friday, May 22, 2020 6:13 am

Voters in the Northern Cass School District will be asked to approve a $6.24 million bond referendum in June to pay for a new gymnasium and other building upgrades.

Mail-in ballots for the upcoming special election were sent to taxpayers in early May and need to be postmarked and mailed to school officials by June 22.

The proposed 20-year, 5-mill increase would pay for a new $2.9 million gym, build a music addition, add classrooms and renovate the school’s kitchen and commons area.

Superintendent Cory Steiner said Tuesday that the proposal includes a few elements of the $9 million referendum that voters rejected by a wide margin (282-77) in 2019.

However, the $5.6 million activity center that was part of last year’s proposal has been removed and the tax impact of June’s vote will have a significantly smaller impact on taxpayers’ wallets if approved, he said.

“Last year’s project wasn’t supported. Almost 80 percent of voters were not in favor it,” Steiner said. “So we went back and listened and surveyed the community and asked what they wanted and what amount they would be willing to support.”

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