In Tuesday’s elections, four rural school districts voters approved bond questions: Benson, Cleveland, Mountain Lake and Ogilvie. Unfortunately Worthington voters rejected their bond request for the second time this year.  These results raised the 2018 rural passage rate to 53 percent with 9 of 17 bond referendum proposals gaining the go ahead from their local voters so far this year.

This year marks the first year that the 40% Ag2School tax credit on school bonds for agriculture and timber land owners takes effect. Benson Superintendent Dennis Laumeyer credits Ag2School for his communities support for the bond question.

“There is no way the Benson School bond would have passed without that tax relief in place,” he said. “Because of Ag2School, Benson Schools will be able to replace 90 year old buildings with learning spaces that meet 21st century learning.”

August 14 Bond Election Results

School District

Project Description

Project Amount

Vote Yes-No

Passed-Failed

Benson New auditorium, junior high classrooms,
child care and early learning spaces
$26.3
million
1370-589

 

Passed
70%
Cleveland Q1 New cafeteria, classrooms, new STEM and Ag Tech Labs $14.4
million
727-521 Passed
58%
Cleveland Q2 New gymnasium $5 million 635-600 Passed
51%
Mountain Lake Improved safety and repair of facilities $13 million 599-173 Passed
77%
Ogilvie Betterment of facilities $495,000 325-182 Passed
57%
Worthington Q1 New 3-5 Intermediate School $35 million 1506-1776 Failed
54%
Worthington Q2 Upgrading, replacing, athletic fields & facilities $4 million 1376-1889 Failed
58%

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