GFW voters approve school funding

62.4% yes,

37.6% no,

with 20 of 20 precincts reporting

GIBBON FAIRFAX WINTHROP — With 20 out of 20 precincts reporting Tuesday night, GFW school district voters favored approval of a special election question by nearly a two to one margin.

The election question would add create a $1,104 net funding increase for each school district pupil, payable with 2021 property taxes.

Unofficial results were 1,370 yes votes to 825 no votes, a 62.4% to 37.6% margin. Results are pending election canvassing.

Gibbon voters favored the measure by a 233 to 38 margin. Winthrop voters favored it 412 to 93.

Fairfax voters disapproved of the measure with 251 no votes and 141 yes votes.

The balance of votes were from rural precincts.

There were 3,639 registered voters in the school district at 7 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State website.

The school board approved the special election question at the recommendation of GFW Superintendent Jeff Horton, as a route to get the school district out of SOD (Statutory Operating Debt) and avoid further spending cuts.

The measure would increase property taxes on a home valued at $100,000 by about $17 per month.

For more information, visit https://electionresults.sos.state.mn.us/

Fritz Busch can be emailed at fbusch@nujournal.com.


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