Minneota referendum ballots due Tuesday

MINNEOTA — Eligible voters will the decide the fate of a $5.2 million school bond referendum on Tuesday by casting ballots at the Minneota Public School conference room located at 504 N. Monroe St. Voters are asked to use the kitchen entrance (5th Avenue entrance)

Eligible voters residing in the school district may vote between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Approval of the referendum would authorize Minneota Public Schools to issue general obligation school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $5,250,000 to renovate the Minneota Elementary School.

Upgrades would target 1961 elementary bathrooms and 1957 varsity locker rooms. The referendum also calls for the expansion of classrooms for kindergarten and family and consumer science (home economics), the construction of electrical upgrades to the K-12 building and the removal of asbestos from classrooms and hallway flooring. It would also approve the acquisition, construction and installation of a new air handler in the elementary school and the completion of various other health and safety improvements to school district.

The “Ag2School Bill” signed by Gov. Mark Dayton gives a tax break to all owners of agricultural land on past and future school bonds. As result, if the bond issue passes, taxes will decrease on agriculture land.