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Northwoods voters say yes to referendumsSubmitted: 02/19/2013
Story By Hayley Tenpas


NORTHWOODS - Tuesday night the Northwoods said yes to higher property taxes.

Unoficial results showed Rhinelander, Northland Pines and Three Lakes school districts voting in favor of the referendums.

The latest tallies showed Rhinelander up twelve hundred votes for yes.

That decision means they won't lose electives, activities and charter schools.

Rhinelander would now receive $4 million per year through 2016.

The Northland Pines school district held informative meetings leading up to Tuesday's vote to get the word out.

Those might have helped as they'll get $2.7 million per year through 2016 to maintain technology and other district programs.

District Administrator Mike Richie says he's excited for the improvements the district will receive.

"It goes to show the support we have in the community for the Northland Pines school district and it's something that we really appreciate and the fact that we will be able to continue doing the good things in the near future is a relief to all of us," said Dr. Richie.

If the referendum failed in Three Lakes, Rhinelander or Northland Pines could've absorbed the district.

Instead, since it passed, they'll get $2.34 million per year through 2018.


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