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Published April 30, 2013, 09:39 PM

Rothsay is trying again at a referendum for a new school

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Rothsay is taking another swing at a referendum for a new school. But this time, they've cut the project price by nearly 5 million dollars.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Rothsay is taking another swing at a referendum for a new school. But this time, they've cut the project price by nearly 5 million dollars.

And the new plan shrinks the blue prints by about 3-thousand square feet.

The first go-around was back in December, when the projected failed by just 12 votes.

Then, officials were asking for about 24 million dollars for the new school.

Now in just two weeks, voters will decide the future for both Rothsay students and the town.

Between time and money,

Lexi Jensen/ For the project: "Over 50 percent of our school was built prior to 1940."

Physically, Rothsay school can't keep up.

Jensen:"I wish money wasn't the issue"

Their student population is bubbling over. New families keep coming in, but the building is only growing older. Lexi Jensen is on the Vote Yes committee.

Jensen: "I would pay any price to keep the school in town."

A new school would mean, more room and better quality classrooms. But this mother of one, holds a strong no. She thinks a new school could sink the many farmers around Rothsay.

Jennifer Atwater/Against the project: "Because these family farms cannot continue to run with the large increase in tax."

For every 100 thousand dollars in agricultural land, the project would tax the owners about 13 dollars per month.

Now if you owned, let's say 1 million dollars in property. That's an extra 130 bucks a month.

Atwater: "I personally feel there's a middle ground that we could all find."

People living in the city, would catch a break.

If voters pass the new plan, an old referendum would fall off of their taxes. That means the owner of a 150-thousand dollar home would save about 150 dollars a year.

Jensen: "I think we could hold our own for awhile, but if our numbers keep crawling, ya know getting larger, then there's really no extra space."

Voters have about two weeks to make their decision, ballots will be cast on May 16th.

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