Bottineau voters defeat school bond issue

Bottineau voters defeated an $18.9 million school bond issue Tuesday, said Supt. Jason Kersten.

The bond issue would have paid for construction of a new elementary school in east Bottineau.

Kersten said the unofficial vote count showed the bond issue was defeated with 566 “no” votes and 483 “yes” votes. About eight absentee ballots are left to be counted. There were slightly more than 46 percent votes in favor, but the bond issue required a 60 percent majority to pass.

Voters also said no to increasing the district’s debt limit from 5 percent to 10 percent. There were 586 “no” votes and 458 “yes” votes, or 44 percent in favor. An increase to the debt limit would have required a simple majority to pass.

If it had passed, taxes on a $100,000 home would have gone up $230.94 per year or $19.25 per month and taxes on $100,000 worth of ag and commercial land would have gone up $256.60 per year or $21.39 per month.

Kersten said the board will likely return to voters with another bond issue proposal sometime next year.