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Recount in Nebraska school bond planned after 1-vote margin

July 14, 2021 GMT

HARTINGTON, Neb. (AP) — Officials in the northeastern corner of Nebraska are recounting ballots in a local school bond election after a single vote separated those for and against the proposal.

Cedar County election workers tallying the Tuesday vote Laurel-Concord-Coleridge Public Schools bond issue election counted 596 votes in favor of the bond proposal and 595 votes against it, the Norfolk Daily News reported. A recount was being conducted Wednesday, and if the count holds, the bond proposal will pass by a single vote.

The $18.5 bond issue and $6.5 million lease purchase proposal would go toward a $25 million project to replace the district’s high school and upgrade the attached elementary school.

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The project was previously rejected by 50 votes in November 2020 when it was proposed in the form of a $23 million bond issue.

“We certainly do recognize the large number of the community who do support the local school system and bond issue,” Superintendent Jeremy Christiansen said. “But also there’s a recognition that there are patrons within the school district who continue to have concerns about financial impact and long-term debt.”