Sidney school bond measure defeated
A Sidney school bond measure that would have resulted in the building of a new elementary school on farmland east of town donated by Cabela's has been defeated by a narrow margin. The final tally was 1,139 in favor and 1,244 against, a difference of 105 votes.
It was an all mail election which produced a 65% turnout.
The new school would have cost taxpayers $140 for every $100,000 in valuation and Superintendent Jay Ehler says opposition to new taxes may have been one of the reasons the bond issue was defeated.
Ehler says at some point a new 21st century building more conducive to technology is needed. Ehler says it would also provide energy and maintenance efficiencies and handle a growing population due to Cabela's expansion plans.
Cabela's also donated $1 million toward the cost of the proposed $15.85 million school, which would have replaced Central, North and South elementary schools, which house the K-4th grade students. Ehler says the 5th and 6th grade building is in good shape although it will need an upgrade in the near future.
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