Bond Referendum 2018

Voters approved the building bond request on the May 8 ballot:
Unofficial election results:  Yes- 3,601 (62%), No- 2,180 (38%)

Read the full press release here.

Additional election results can be found on the Dakota Country website.


May 8, 2018

In December, the District 197 School Board voted unanimously to place a funding question before voters on May 8, 2018. The decision was based on 18 months of study by the district that included a Facilities Task Force, community input and expert assessments of building and mechanical maintenance needs.

There will be one ballot question on May 8, a request for the approval to issue $117 million in building bonds for additions, renovations and repairs at all schools, K-12. The bond proceeds will be used to:

- Conduct building and mechanical maintenance 
- Modernize outdated classrooms and educational spaces
- Improve fine arts and athletics spaces
- Address handicapped accessibility and school parking lot safety

If voters approve the ballot question, the tax impact to a resident with a home value of $237,000 (median district home value) would be approximately $7 per month.

Graph showing that 42 percent of the bond will be used for maintenance and 58 percent will be used for academic fine arts and athletic improvementsGraph showing that 40 percent of the bond projects will be done at the high school, 28 percent of projects will be at the middle schools and 32 percent of projects will be at the elementary schools



Email or call the referendum hotline at 651-403-7557.

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