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Voters say yes to $12M for athletic facilities

Voters say yes to $12M for athletic facilities

ISD 704 voters on Tuesday approved the $12 million Equity in Athletic Facilities referendum to finance a multi-use ice arena, artificial turf and money for athletic field upgrades in the four townships.

Fifty-six percent of the 2,068 people who voted said yes; almost 44 percent voted no.

There were 1,159 total yes votes and 909 no votes.  Solway and Grand Lake voted against the measure.   However, it was not enough to overcome the over 60 percent approval that Pike Lake and Proctor gave the proposal.

The vote is unofficial until it is canvassed by the school board on Monday, Feb. 13.

Throughout the campaign, there appeared to be  little opposition to the referendum – just a few letters to the editor.
The school board announced the referendum in the fall to replace aging facilities and to meet safety needs with the popularity of youth sports.  The bond sale will raise property taxes for a homeowner with a property value of $150,000 by $46.62 a year.  Businesses will pay more.

The $12 million project includes $9.8 million for a multi-use ice arena, $1.3 million for artificial turf to be used by soccer, lacrosse, baseball and football at the Egerdahl Field athletic complex, and $250,000 for youth fields in each of the district’s townships.

Before the vote, the school held a public meeting that about 45 people attended.  


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