People React to Moose Lake School Referendum

By KBJR News 1

April 26, 2013 Updated Apr 26, 2013 at 10:13 PM CDT

Moose Lake, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Age and extensive flood damage following last June's storm has the Moose Lake School District reaching out to taxpayers help.

The district is asking them to vote on a bond referendum which would have them digging deeper into their pocket books when it comes to property taxes.

The referendum would increase property taxes by 46%.

For example, home worth $50,000 the property tax would potentially increase by $138 and for a home worth $100,000 the property tax would increase by $331.

The tax hike would help fuel the price for a brand new K-12 school, tagged at $33 million.

The state has already approved $7.2 million in debt aid, which leaves $26 million left for the community to help pay for.

Many community members say the increase in taxes is a price they have to pay to keep a strong community in the wake of devestation.

"I'm for it, this is an investment, a very very long term investment in the future of this community, in our children and our children's children future, and that's what community is all about." said John Wesely, resident of Moose Lake.

"We have a strong community here, very few of the community members are saying that we don't need a new building, but I am hearing that a portion of our community saying that the tax impact is too great for them to handle," said Superintendent of Moose Lake School, Bob Indihar.

Some other people we spoke with said they are against the referendum because of the increse in property taxes.

The new facility would be built on 180 acres of land on Highway 10 in Moose Lake.

A vote on the referendum will be held on May 21.

Even if the referendum doesn't pass, school officials say they would still need to address many repairs, which would most likely bring about future referendums.

For more information about the Moose Lake referendum, click here

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