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Minot Votes on School Bond

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Tuesday is a big day for Minot Public School District, as they have one more chance to pass a revised school bond vote.

 In December, Minot residents voted down a $125 million bond vote that would have funded the construction of new schools and improved several other existing buildings.  But, school officials were forced to come up with a new plan to address the most important issues in the district.

 Minot Public Schools Superintendent Mark Vollmer says, "People overwhelmingly said lets take care of the immediate concern and that immediate concern is of course the overcrowding in the elementary classrooms."

 There are currently 21 portable classrooms being used to house 475 kids at elementary schools throughout the district. 

 "The bond issue is essentially just dealing with elementary growth and the safety and security things that we had talked about in the initial issue in December," says Vollmer.

 The $39.5 million project includes the construction of a new 550 student elementary school in Southeast Minot, classroom additions and renovations at Perkett and Edison, and district-wide security upgrades.

 If passed, there would be a slight property tax increase.  For example, a $200,000 home would see an increase of $10 per month.

Vollmer says, "We are optimistic in the sense that we have a need here and we have a very responsive community and a very supportive community."

 But, what do the residents have to say about the issue at hand?

 Jordan Willert, a Minot residents says, "Our students need places to learn, places to grow, places to socialize, the students need that and it is going to come at a little bit of a cost to everybody.  I mean, I'm a student.  I have to still pay.   I mean, I'm still a resident of Minot.  I still have to pay taxes and stuff like that, but I can deal."

 "I guess I feel somebody paid taxes so my children could attend school.  Therefore, I feel it's my obligation to do what I can so others can attend," says Gladys Weeks, Minot resident.

Nobody against the bond issue wanted to talk on camera to KMOT, but here are some of the comments we found on Facebook. 

 "I don't feel that all options were fully explored and evaluated…I also don't like the fact that they only tell you how much our taxes would increase with the current property tax relief but don't tell us what the taxes would be without the relief. I think that's information that would be useful for us to know because the state can stop the tax relief at any time."

 There will only be one polling location at the Minot Auditorium and is opened to all residents living in the Minot Public School District.  Polls will be open Tuesday from 7 am-7 pm.

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