School referendum is on April 5 ballot

Voters in the Cedar Grove-Belgium School District will see a $21.5 million referendum on their ballots on Tuesday.
Approval would bring the estimated school tax rate for next year to $8.23 per $1,000 of value, up from this year’s $7.79. If the referendum passes, school taxes would be $1,646 on a $200,000 home. That rate is the second lowest in at least the last six years.
Debt that is falling off would keep the tax rate increase down, which drove the district’s timing on holding a referendum.
Referendum work at the elementary and middle schools is slated to cost $14.5 million. Projects include redoing traffic patterns, classroom renovations, auditorium and pool upgrades, bleachers and gym sound system improvements and technology and infrastructure work.
 High school work is estimated to cost $7 million. Projects include upgrading infrastructure and technology, and renovating the technical education and family and consumer science areas.
A community survey last fall showed support for those plans. Of 680 responses, 72% replied definitely or probably yes to supporting the $21.5 million plan.
Sixteen percent of respondents said probably or definitely no.
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