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Forum staff reports, Published April 20 2011

Central Cass voters strike down building levy

CASSELTON, N.D. – In a very close election, a 20-mill building levy was voted down Tuesday by Central Cass School District voters.

The district received only 56.2 percent of the vote in favor of the levy, Superintendent Mark Weston said.

The issue needed 60 percent voter approval to pass, said Pam Utte, business manager for Central Cass.

Of the 705 votes cast, the unofficial tally showed that 396 votes were cast for the levy and 309 were cast against it.

β€œIt was close, but we needed a supermajority and we did not get that, so the referendum did fail,” Weston said.

The levy was to be used to build a $4.8 million addition to the K-12 Central Cass School.

The addition was planned to include six classrooms, gymnasium and auditorium space, and some locker-room space, Weston said.

The levy would have added about $90 to the property tax bill of a $100,000 home, and 71 cents to the tax bill for each acre of agricultural land, Weston said.

The last building issue approved by Central Cass voters was in 1994, when the current $8 million addition was approved, Utte said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583

and Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530