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Lolo residents vote against $10.5 million school bond

By Faith Smith, KECI Reporter, fcronin@keci.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:23:46 AM MST
Updated On: Oct 01 2013 09:25:34 PM MDT
Tonight Lolo residents will find out if a $10.5 million school bond passed
MISSOULA, Mont. -

Official numbers show a majority of Lolo voters do not support building a new elementary school. Just after 9:15 p.m. we received a final tally of 824 for, 867 against, meaning the school bond does not pass.

The bond would have funded the building of a new kindergarten through fourth grade elementary school on the east side of town, several blocks from the current location.

A mail-in ballot asked 2,800 registered voters to approve the $10.5 million dollar bond request. Ballots came back from 1,691 voters, turning down the bond by a margin of just 43 votes.

The 20-year bonds would have funded the new school, a gym, a library and an expanded food service area, and the community of Lolo would have two schools instead of just one.

There are currently 615 students at Lolo Elementary on the hillside campus west of town and school district officials say that's just too many kids for too little space.

Some local business owners told us while they support education they don’t believe the community can financially support two schools. 

The proposed levy would have cost taxpayers $249.50 cents a year on a $200,000 home, or $124.75 a year on a $100,000 home.