Referendum in Spencer is a go



The Spencer Board of Education on Monday night made official what is has been discussing for months: it will take a $5.98 million building expansion and renovation project to voters in an April 2 referendum. The Board will soon set up a plan to educate citizens on the project, which, if approved, will include construction of a concrete dome gymnasium addition, new space for vocal music, and renovation of the high school Family and Consumer Education (FACE) classroom.
Action taken Monday night by the Board was a formality to meet deadlines to have the referendum question placed on April 2 spring election ballots. The Board in recent weeks had agreed on an overall construction concept, which will feature a concrete dome structure on the east side of the high school that could qualify the project for a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant. The dome portion of the project may be eligible for FEMA funding as the structure would serve as a community storm shelter, something the village of Spencer does not currently have.
The possibility of the FEMA funding will have a significant impact on the project’s potential impact on taxpayers. According to estimates provided earlier this month by a financial consultant, property taxes on a $100,000 home in the district would rise approximately $89 a year if no FEMA funding is obtained. If FEMA would provide a grant of $1 million, the consultant said taxes would rise $74 a year.

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