Nicollet, Springfield pass referendums

Although voter turnout was not high, Nicollet and Springfield school district voters approved revenue referendums Tuesday.

Nicollet voters approved a three-year, $450 per pupil unit referendum, 339 to 185. Voter turnout was 33 percent with 524 votes cast among 1,584 voters registered at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

“It’s very good news,” said Nicollet Superintendent Jack Eustice. “It allows us to maintain and enhance programs and build up our fund balance. We’ve made lots of cuts the last few years, so that’s the first place we’ll look to add back electives.”

The referendum would increase annual taxes on a home with $100,000 estimated market value by $108 a year, or nine dollars a month, until calendar year 2017. The Nicollet school district already has a $1,100 per pupil unit that expires in 2017.

Springfield voters approved both ballot questions. The first question, whether to renew an existing $608.10 per pupil revenue authorization, was approved, 429 to 76.

The second question to add a $100 per pupil unit revenue authorization for 10 years was approved, 362 to 142.

Voter turnout was 28 percent with 505 voters among 1,831 registered to vote at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning.

“We’re happy,” said Springfield Supt. Keith Kottke. “We’re excited about the opportunity for students and staff to be able to use enhanced technology going into the future, thanks to the approval vote.”

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