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Kasson Mantorville Asking Voters for $40M

Created: 04/23/2014 5:20 PM KAALtv.com
By: Brianna Long

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Voters in Kasson will be heading to the polls in about a month. The question is whether or not to approve a $39.8 million bond. 

That's set to happen on May 20th. Kasson and Mantorville residents will have their chance to be heard. Do they, or don't they, want their property taxes to go up? 

"I always feel that if I'm going to put my tax money into something, I'd rather have it go to something I know it's going for And always looking out for the kids and for the future," said Cindy Franke, a Kasson resident. 

"This is something that the school district has got to come up with an alternative. I just think people have to come to their senses and realize enough is enough. That's pretty much the way I feel about it," said N. Terry Jorgenson, another Kasson resident. 

We spoke with people around the area, and while they seem to be split on the issue, a big question a lot of people have is how, exactly, will the money be spent. 

According to the district superintendent, a lot of it is going toward maintenance projects. 

"We have boilers that are getting old, our electrical air-handling units for air quality," said Supt. Mark Matuska.  

In addition to maintenance, the money would also go toward an expansion to the elementary school, to accommodate for all-day every-day kindergarten, which is set to begin in the fall. 

There's also a proposed addition to the high school that would include updated vocational classes, stem classes, and add a new performing arts auditorium. 

While changes will ultimately be up to the voters, the superintendent says he's optimistic. 

"I think all those things are a positive to draw people into the community," said Franke. 

"More tax dollars that are taken from my pocket. I'm retired, on a fixed income," said Jorgenson. 

"I've heard a lot of great responses from people across the community," said Superintendent Matuska.

Kasson Mantorville High School