Polling location open until 8 p.m.

    School district residents are weighing in Tuesday on a trio of facilities-related ballot questions put on a special election ballot by the Crookston School Board. (See project details on the right)

    The polling location is St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, which will close at 8 p.m.

    A simple majority is required for any question to be approved. If any of the proposed facilities projects are approved, general obligation bonds will be issued and it’s expected that construction would be complete by the fall of 2018. If any of the questions are approved, a annual property tax increase will result on residential, commercial, farm and rental land in the school district, and the increase would be paid over the 20 year financing period for the bonds.

    Board members have said they think the tax increases are reasonable, given what the district would get in return.

The ballot questions

   • Question #1 asks voters to support a new bus garage featuring gas pumps, a shop, wash bays, storage for 18 buses and other school vehicles. It would be built on Highland School property, northwest of the school. It’s estimated cost is $3.425 million.

   • Question #2 asks voters to support a two-station gymnasium and music/multi-purpose room being constructed at CHS, a project that also includes locker rooms, a concession stand, and public bathrooms. The addition, which would be built on the northwest side of the high school, would cost an estimated $4.875 million.

   • Question #3 asks voters to support an athletic complex with a track and artificial turf athletic field to be built on the northwest side of CHS. It’s estimated cost is $3.105 million.

    The total estimated cost for the trio of proposed projects is $11.405 million.