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Hillsboro voters OK $1.5 million outdoor sports complex

HILLSBORO, N.D.-Voters in Hillsboro School District narrowly approved a 7-mill bond issue Tuesday for a $1.5 million Outdoor Sports Complex. The 399-254 vote, a 61.1 percent majority, is unofficial. The measure required a 60 percent majority. The...

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HILLSBORO, N.D.-Voters in Hillsboro School District narrowly approved a 7-mill bond issue Tuesday for a $1.5 million Outdoor Sports Complex.

The 399-254 vote, a 61.1 percent majority, is unofficial. The measure required a 60 percent majority. The school board will canvass the votes Monday.

Superintendent Paula Pederson said four absentee ballots remain to be counted. Even if all of them are against the project, the measure still will pass.

"What a relief. This was by the skin of our teeth," she said.

With 657 votes, including the four absentees, a 60 percent majority would require 395 favorable votes.

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Under the new property tax arrangement, owners of a $100,000 house will pay about $31 a year for the bond, rather than the current $62; and owners of farmland 40 cents per acre, or $65.60 per quarter (160 acres) of land, rather than 80 cents per acre or $130 per quarter.

Besides canvassing the election results Monday, Pederson said the school board also will consider granting permission to Icon, a Grand Forks-based architectural firm, to proceed with design and specs for the project.

Icon already is working with the board on a classroom addition project.

The superintendent and board members are hoping the outdoor complex project will be bid by June and construction can begin this summer.

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