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School referendums, board votes set for Election Day

Voters in the Adrian school district will have the opportunity to consider two questions on their election ballots Tuesday.

Question one in the Adrian Public Schools special election asks voters to approve a $300,000, 10-year capital project levy. Funds will be used for improvements in technology, curriculum/equipment, safety and security and deferred maintenance.

Question two on the ballot is for a general obligation bond for $5.335 million to be paid over 20 years. Money is designated toward roof systems, playground equipment and cement work/retaining walls. According to figures provided by the school district, with the Ag2School Tax Credit, 59.4% of the total bond will be paid by state credits.

School district data indicates that residential homesteads with an estimated market value of $150,000 would see an annual tax increase of $39 for the capital projects levy and $41 for the school building bonds. More information is available by visiting

In Worthington Independent School District 518, meanwhile, there will be a special school board election. Matt Widboom is the sole candidate on the ballot for the seat vacated earlier this year by Brad Shaffer. Widboom was appointed to fill the seat following Shaffer’s recognition and is now running for a one-year term.

Also in southwest Minnesota, the Martin County West school district has two questions on a special election ballot. One asks for $63 million for a new pre-K-12 school, while another asks for $9 million for construction of a 400-seat auditorium and additional gym on to the school. Board vacancies will be filled in special elections in the Pipestone Area and Westbrook-Walnut Grove school districts.

In northwest Iowa, there are bond issues on election ballots in the Harris-Lake Park, Sheldon and West Lyon school districts. Additionally, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is asking for approval of a $5 million bond that would result in expansion and remodeling at the county’s law enforcement center.

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