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NG overwhelmingly approves referendum
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NEW GLARUS - By a margin of more than 7-2, New Glarus residents approved a $5.8 million referendum to fix roofs and heating and cooling equipment at school buildings, among other maintenance and security updates.

The vote tally was 711 in favor of the referendum and 184 against.

"We're very pleased with the results and thankful the taxpayers understood the needs we have and are willing to support them through the referendum process," District Administrator Jennifer Thayer said Tuesday evening after the votes were tabulated.

The most pressing needs the referendum addresses are replacing roofs and HVAC equipment, Thayer said. The referendum will also finance relocating the high school and elementary offices near the front entrances to improve security and remodeling for additional classroom space at the middle/high school.

The 20-year referendum has no tax impact, as it replaces a retiring referendum.

Thayer said the referendum was timed for February so work can begin and be completed over the summer months.