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MMSD referendum passes with large lead


Madison (WKOW) -- Voters in Madison have approved a Madison metropolitain school referendum.

  It asks for an un-ending revenue increase of 13 million dollars a year - by year three.

  The final vote is was yes with more than 67 percent of the vote.

  The referendum asks to exceed the revenue limit by five million dollars next school year, An additional nine in 2010, and an additional 13 million dollars for 20-11 and every year after that.

  What that means to Madison homeowners:  if you own a 250-thousand dollar home, you'd pay a total of about 190 dollars more in taxes over the three years.

  Then, your taxes would go up around 92 dollars every year after the third year.

  Madison superintendent Dan Nerad says without the extra money, the quality of schools would suffer.

  Nerad added, "we know this is a difficult time for all people but at the same time we need to take a long term view. If our kids don't develop well, this is in hopes Madison will remain strong and continue to provide a quality education for our kids."

  Even with the five million dollar increase next school year, Superintendent Nerad says the school district expects to be three million dollars in the hole.

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