Recount in Nebraska school bond planned after 1-vote margin
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.
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.”