Residents in the Crosby-Ironton School District are being asked to cast their votes between noon and 8 p.m. Tuesday on a referendum that would increase the district's general education revenue.
The Crosby-Ironton School Board is asking the community to support the referendum, which would provide increased revenue for 10 years.
Voters will be asked three questions.
* Residents first will be asked to support a $404 per pupil unit increase for operating funds. This would help move C-I out of statutory operating debt and would minimize the number of budget cuts in the coming school years. If this question passes, the district would receive $671,912 in revenue per year.
* Residents also will be asked to support two separate $100 per pupil unit increases. One of the $100 per pupil unit increases would be used to finance technology.
* The second one would be used to finance school textbooks and other curriculum materials. The district would receive $175,783 per year for 10 years if a $100 per pupil unit increase is approved.
C-I Business Manager Bill Tollefson said each $100 per pupil unit referendum question would not affect the general operating budget. He said if these two questions fail the district most likely would not be able to purchase the items specified and the overdue capital equipment projects may not get done.
Tollefson said if the $404 per pupil unit referendum passes, the district would be out of statutory operating debt by the 2004-05 school year and have an unreserved general fund balance of $466,082. At the end of the 2002-03 school year the district had a negative general unreserved fund balance of $691,270.
If the $404 per pupil unit referendum passes, a homeowner with a $100,000 market value home would see a $77 increase in the 2004 school portion of property taxes. If the two other questions pass, the same homeowner would see a $64 increase -- for a $141 total increase in their school portion of property taxes.
There will be four polling places. Residents who live in Crosby, Ironton, Trommald, Riverton and Cuyuna and the townships of Irondale, Oak Lawn, Wolford and Rabbit Lake in Crow Wing County will vote at Crosby-Ironton High School.
Residents who live in Deerwood and the townships of Nokay Lake, Bay Lake and Deerwood in Crow Wing County and Farm Island Township in Aitkin County will vote at the Deerwood Auditorium.
Residents who live in Emily, Crosslake and the townships of Little Pine, Fairfield, Perry Lake and Ross Lake in Crow Wing County will vote at Emily City Hall.
Residents living in the townships of Center, Mission, Lake Edward and Pelican in Crow Wing County will vote at Mission Town Hall.
Voters defeated a $276.76 per pupil unit increase in 1999 and a $318.26 per pupil unit increase in 2000. A $1 per pupil unit increase passed in 2001.
Voters approved a $20.525 million building bond a year ago by a 2-to-1 margin.
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