McKenzie County School District's Bond Referendum Vote

Vote Pin, Photo Date: January 19, 2016 / Photo: U.S. Army / (MGN)
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BISMARCK, N.D. - McKenzie County School District's Bond Referendum Vote is being held Tuesday.

The first section of the bond asks for $35 million to build an additional elementary school and improve related school property. This would add an additional 13 mills to citizen's property taxes. This is equivalent to $13.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation for the first taxable year.

If the second section is passed, it will increase the current building fund levy from 10 mills to 20 mils. These will be readily available funds for future building needs.

Superintendent Steve Holen says the district had the largest net increase of students in the state last fall, and is expecting to exceed their total student capacity within the next year. Watford City Mayor Philip Riely says he hopes people go vote Tuesday.

"We went from two buildings and 600 kids to 1800 students. When I graduated high-school there were only 1400 people in Watford City, so this new school is very important," said Riely.

Their current projections show there could be over 2,600 total students within the district in the next five years.

"There is no end in sight. We're set for steady growth, and we are working to ensure that our facilities and community can maintain this good and steady growth." Riely.

Polls are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Anyone who has been a resident of the district at least 30 days prior to the election, is over the age of 18, and has a valid form of ID can vote.