Education

Monticello voters OK money for new middle school

$15 million bond gains 71 percent approval

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MONTICELLO — Voters in the Monticello school district on Tuesday approved a $15 million bond issue to help pay for construction of a new middle school.

Unofficial results said 1,427 voters, or 70.9 percent, voted yes, while 29.1 percent, or 586 voters, voted no, according to the Jones County website. The measure required 60 percent approval.

The district has 1,200 students from Jones, Delaware, Linn and Dubuque counties.

The new middle school, for grades 5 through 8, will be attached to Monticello High School.

The bond also will pay for a secured entrance and mechanical upgrades at the high school and to relocate the district administration offices.

The bond would increase the school district’s levy rate by $2.75 per $1,000 taxable evaluation. According to the district, the increase would amount to about $140 more in property taxes annually for the owner of a $100,000 home.

The Monticello school district has not had a successful bond referendum since 1996, Jones County Auditor Janine Sulzner said last week, when voters approved an $8.85 million bond to build the high school. A 2015 bond proposal failed.

The district posted a “thank you” to voters on its website Tuesday night.

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