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Voters approve mill levy increase for Grand Forks Public Schools building fund

The question received 66% approval in the Tuesday, Sept. 28, special election

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The Mark Sanford Education Center, headquarters of Grand Forks Public Schools. (Grand Forks Herald photo)

Grand Forks voters approved a mill levy increase for the school district’s building fund during a special election Tuesday, Sept. 28.

About 66% – or 2,759 of the 4,185 votes cast – were in favor of increasing the levy from 10 to 20 mills, the maximum allowed by the state for a school district’s building fund. The proposal required at least 60% approval to pass.

It was the second time this year voters were asked by the district to raise mills. On June 22, the same question received 54% approval out of 5,423 votes cast overall.

Tuesday's results are unofficial until an official canvass of results can take place. The Grand Forks School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Mark Sanford Education to conduct the official canvass.

Approval of the mill levy increase will generate about $2.5 million annually for the building fund, which is dedicated to upkeep and maintenance of the district’s buildings.

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Officials have stated that the district has about $80 million in deferred maintenance, and about $250 million in overall facility needs, that should be addressed over the next 20 years.

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