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Moose Lake Voters Deny $6.6M School Referendum

Voters in Moose Lake rejected a $6.6M school referendum.  Voters in Moose Lake rejected a $6.6M school referendum.  | 

Updated: May 15, 2019 08:22 AM

Voters in Moose Lake have rejected a $6.6 million school referendum.

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The district proposed the referendum that it said would help complete the new Moose Lake Community School. 

Voters saw two ballot questions Tuesday. The first dealt with improving current school facilities, such as the truck and field complex. The first question called for $3.9 million. Superintendent Bob Indihar says that question failed 648-403, which means the second question automatically fails.

Indihar told the Pine Journal he is not surprised at the results.

In 2014, voters approved a referendum that helped build the school. District officials say this new referendum will help "complete" it. 

"There is a lack of outdoor facilities, including an early childhood playground, parking lots, athletic fields and public amenities," the district said. 

The second dealt with adding new improvements to other facilities not included in the first question. That includes things like additional parking and new stadium lights. The second question calls for $2.7 million. 

The district said if one or both questions had been approved by voters, some work would have been completed in time for the next school year.

"Any work completed in 2019 will be less expensive than work completed in 2020, so now is the right time to hold the referendum."

If voters had approved both questions on the referendum, it would have meant an increase in property taxes. A residence with an estimated market value of say $150,000, would have seen an increase of $38 per year or $3.16 per month.

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