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Pines District Asks Voters for $2.7 Million ReferendumSubmitted: 12/04/2012
Story By Lex Gray

EAGLE RIVER - The Northland Pines School District managed to stretch its money from their last referendum for four years, instead of the intended three.

But that money has run out.

In February, taxpayers will have to decide if they want to give the district money again.

The district is asking for $2.7 million dollars per year for the next three years.


This is the fourth operational referendum the district has asked for and so far, all four have passed.

District administrator Dr. Mike Richie said he doesn't know what programs would be lost if the referendum fails.

"You would see a drastic change in the Northland Pines school district if it doesn't pass," he said. "Currently, the Northland Pines School District is doing very well academically, and we would like to continue that trend."

Richie said the district has been financially responsible.

The property tax levy dropped 18 percent, and the district is asking for less money in this referendum than in 2009.

"That's a huge statement on behalf of the district that we are doing a good job and being very fiscally responsible," Richie said. "It shows that we are trying to do the best job possible with the monies we have available."

In a separate question, the district is asking for $240,000 to build smoke and fire walls at the elementary school.

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