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Eau Claire School Board finalizes scope of referendum

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - The Eau Claire School District takes a step towards finalizing the spring referendum. Now, only final approval is needed before the voters decide.

At a special meeting Wednesday night, the school board decided there will be two questions on the ballot April fifth.

The first: for repairs and expansion at Sherman, Putnam, and Robbins elementary schools, and also at DeLong Middle School. That question will have an estimated price tag of $50-55 million. The second question will be for purchasing a new building for an early learning center. There is no price tag for that question yet; the board is still negotiating with a seller. 

"I think the two questions identify two specific goals that we have. One is the expansion and refurbishing of our buildings, and the other is to address some space needs," says Dr. Carol Craig, the Eau Claire School Board President.

The final wording of the questions, as well as the dollar amount for the second question will be voted on Monday night.

When it comes to the cost to voters, here's how it breaks down: the district says the amount of debt it owes on past building projects will decrease by around $4 million in the 2012 to 2013 school year. That means if the referendum doesn't pass, property taxes would decrease that year, by $82 on a $100,000 home. If the referendum passes, the district will distribute the extra cost over several years, and the district says property taxes won't increase.

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