La Crescent, MN (WXOW) – On Tuesday, voters in the La Crescent-Hokah School District will decide the fate of another school referendum.
The school district is asking voters for a total of $29.2 million.
One part, $23.6 million,would replace and expand the district’s Elementary School and pay for other renovations and maintenance projects.
The second question asks for $5.6 million for renovations to the Middle and High School and expansion of the athletic parking lot.
The plan is similar to one in 2015 that voters rejected by a two to one margin.
The referendum then called for $25.5 million for a new Elementary School and improvements to the Middle and High School.
The 2015 referendum also called for construction of the new school on the Abnet Fields.
In 2019, the proposed new school would be built on the current site.
The district hopes taxpayers are more willing to support this referendum in part because a 1998 referendum is ending, so the tax impact would not be as large.
Superintendent Kevin Cardille says school facilities are an important factor to families considering living in La Crescent. “Families over and over come in and walk through our schools. They want to see. And they make much of their decision on what do the schools look like. And I think that’s sometimes a hindrance to us.” Cardille also says the last upgrades to the elementary school came 20 years ago.
Opponents of the referendum point out that voters approved a referendum in 2017 to provide $10 million for operational costs which added $200 a year to the average property tax bill for each of the next ten years.
Again, approval of Tuesday’s referendum would add another $327 a year to that same tax bill for each of the next 20 years.
To see how the tax increase would affect you go to the school district website at and click on the referendum banner to find a calculator to show you what your impact would be based on the price of your home.