UPDATE: Owatonna school referendum apparently fails

OWATONNA, Minn. (FOX 47) – Results late Tuesday night on the Owatonna School District website shows voters rejected a $116 million referendum to build a new high school for the district.

The votes were:

YES: 5642

NO: 5762

The website states the tally is unofficial.

Passing the referendum would have meant property tax increase of roughly $275 per year for a median value home in the district.

Pre-referendum promised donations had already cut the cost to the community by $22 million.

The current building is a quarter the size of what the Minnesota Department of Education recommends for a high school with the student body of Owatonna, which is roughly 1,500 students.

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