Proponents of Hermantown's Long Range Facilities Plan voice support to business community

By KBJR News 1

September 26, 2013 Updated Oct 30, 2013 at 5:40 AM CDT

Hermantown, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Proponents of a proposed $48.9 million Hermantown School District Bond referendum spoke to the business community Thursday, saying the need ranged from quality of education to safety.

The plan was formulated by 200 Hermantown community members to address various infrastructure and safety concerns in the district's schools.

The presentation highlighted the current cost of the plan, which proponents say is $10 million less than the 2009 plan.

They also highlighted a 19 percent decline in property taxes since 2009 saying something has to be done to keep families from moving out of the district.

Superintendent Brad Johnson agrees saying the upgrade is necessary.

"We've repaired, patched, [and] put a lot of money into the middle school. But with a... 75 year old [building], there are things you just can't keep up with," said Johnson during Thursday's forum.

Opponents of the long range facilities plan say they're concered that other, less expensive options haven't been considered.

The referendum is up for a vote on November fifth.

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