(Montevideo, MN) — On Tuesday, voters in Montevideo rejected two ballot questions involving the investment of just over sixty million dollars in the district’s buildings.
Question one on the ballot, regarding the need for $61.03 million dollars in improvements to all four Montevideo Schools, failed 744 to 872. Question two, regarding the need for a new Fine Arts Center, also failed in a 669 to 945 vote.
The District Superintendent, Dr. Luther Heller, issued a statement saying, “While the results are not what we would have hoped, we respect the outcome of today’s vote, especially during the current pandemic. Looking ahead, we will continue to prioritize the health, safety and educational opportunities for our students and we will re-evaluate our options to address the needs of our aging buildings and re-engage the community on the best way to move forward.”
Reactions on social media were mixed with some expressing disappointment, and others saying that this was the expected outcome given the property tax ramifications and the COVID-19 pandemic.