Northern Cass voters reject $6.24 million referendum

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Posted: Friday, July 3, 2020 6:00 am

Voters in the Northern Cass School District have rejected a $6.24 million bond referendum to pay for a new gymnasium and other school improvements.

Results released Monday from the June 23 vote showed 182 voted in favor of the referendum while 252 voted against. Ten ballots were spoiled.

The 42 percent approval rate fell short of the 60 percent needed for passage.

The Northern Cass School Board had asked voters to approve a 20-year, 5-mill increase to pay for a new $2.9 million gym, add classrooms and renovate the school’s kitchen and commons area.

In addition, the bond referendum would have paid for a new front entrance to the Northern Cass School and built a $1 million music addition connected to the school’s auditorium.

If approved, the bond issue would have increased the annual property taxes on a $100,000 home by $22.50 a year. The owners of a $200,000 home would have seen a $45 increase.

Farmers and landowners would have had their property taxes rise 32 cents per acre.

The June 23 vote was conducted solely by mail-in ballot.

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