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Questions for PR-B School District, too
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Pine River-Backus School District residents will head to the polls Tuesday to answer whether they wish to support a building project and a renewal of a $1 per pupil operating levy.


The combined polling site at the elementary school gymnasium will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The ballot will ask voters whether to support or not the renewal of a $1 per pupil operating levy, a 10-year levy, which allows the district to access about $80,000 in state equity funds. If this levy does not pass, property owners would see a less than $2 a year decrease in their taxes.

A second question will ask voters to support or not support a $4.26 million building bond, which will allow the district to build an early childhood center, an athletic addition and a new bus garage. The 20-year bond would be replacing an expiring 20-year building bond of the same amount.

If one or both of the questions fail, then school taxes will decrease.

School taxes, if both referendum questions fail, would decrease by $11.09 a year on a $50,000 home, $22.18 a year on a $100,000, $32.26 on a $150,000 home, and $43.35 on a $200,000 home.

Superintendent Cathy Bettino said the community doesn’t have a vote no committee but has an active vote yes committee that has been out talking to community members.

JODIE TWEED may be reached at or 855-5858.