1 Milton School District referendum passes, other fails

1 Milton School District referendum passes, other fails

A referendum to exceed the revenue limits for the Milton School District passed Tuesday night, district officials said.

Two referendum questions appeared on the ballot. The first, which passed, is for $2.5 million in operating costs that would be paid for five years.

The second question, which failed, was an $87 million capital referendum.

District officials said the capital referendum was needed to fix various problems throughout the schools, including overcrowding and aging buildings. The Facilities Advisory Community Team came up with the proposed solution.

The $87 million capital referendum would have built a new high school, complete with a new pool and four-station gymnasium. District Administrator Tim Schigur said the swimming pool in the current high school is 52 years old and loses more than 600 gallons of water a day.

If the referendum passes and the new high school is built, the middle school students would move into the current high school and the pool in that building would be filled in.

The current middle school building would have remained empty, but the school board would decide what to do with the facility. East Elementary School would have also be added on to, and other schools in the district would have received maintenance, safety and security upgrades.

Broken down, district officials said the cost of the operational referendum for a $100,000 home will be $124 per year for five years, and the capital referendum would have cost $177 a year for 20 years.