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School Referendum Vote In Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on November 17, 2009

How good of sales people Ottawa Elementary School Board members are will be found out February 2nd.

The board last night unanimously agreed to ask district voters to approve an 18 and a half million dollar tax referendum to help pay for a new Central Elementary School.  Right after last night’s vote, Superintendent Craig Doster said there’s now “tremendous work ahead for everyone” when it comes to the board having to convince enough voters to vote yes for the referendum.  Doster plans on getting a campaign committee together after winter break. 

If the referendum passes, it would mean a 37 cent increase in tax bills.  The district would have 19 years to pay off the bond amount.  They do have millions of dollars they still could receive towards a new school from the state and federal governments.  If this money comes in, the board could abate whatever part of the tax referendum they don’t spend towards the new school.

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