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Voters in the Hillsboro School District will head to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to increase the school district’s debt limit on taxable property from 5 percent to 10 percent.

Hillsboro Public Schools Superintendent Paula Suda said the outcome of Tuesday’s special election will be a defining moment for the future of the school district.

Approving an increase in the debt limit – which won’t result in a tax increase but could lead to a bond referendum down the road – will speak volumes about whether residents want a new high school built in Hillsboro or if they prefer to remodel the existing high school, she said.

“This (vote) and an upcoming survey will help us determine what the people want and whether our school district and community want to be progressive,” Suda said.

If voters reject an increase in the district’s debt limit Tuesday, the school district could ask the community support a bond referendum that could generate up to $9 million in property taxes to pay for repairs to Hillsboro High School and Hillsboro Elementary School.

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