Voters reject $30.6 million bond issue for schools

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COLUMBUS, Kan. (AP) — Columbus voters have overwhelmingly rejected a $30.6 million bond issue that would have paid for a new elementary school and renovations throughout the school district.

The Joplin Globe (http://bit.ly/1qe69rU ) reports the final tally Tuesday was 668 in favor of the bond issue and 1,746 against it. The measure would have raised the mill levy by roughly 16.5 cents, from 49.82 to 66.35.

Superintendent David Carriger says the committee promoting the bond issue needs to find out what the community is willing to support. Tuesday’s measure would have paid for a new school for students in first through eighth grades, remodeling the pre-kindergarten building and renovations at the high school.

Carriger says the money also would have paid for construction of safe rooms, which is one of the district’s top priorities.

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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