MERRILL - Taxpayers will need to decide if they want to pay more to support the Merrill Area Public Schools.
Wednesday, the school board voted in favor of a four-year referendum for $2.5 million dollars
The district faces a nearly $2 million operating deficit for next school year.
It has used savings to keep the school running for the last few years.
The priorities of the referendum will be enhancing the school's fab lab, addressing maintenance issues, and attracting and retaining high quality teachers and administration.
Wednesday the school board also reviewed budget options if the referendum does not pass.
The referendum question will be on the April ballot.