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Voters in Tea Narrowly Reject $11M School Measure

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TEA, S.D. (AP) — Voters in Tea have narrowly rejected an $11 million school bond measure.

The money would have paid for two school additions and for another elementary in the southeastern South Dakota city.

About 57 percent of the 1,105 people who voted Tuesday favored the measure, but it needed 60 percent approval to pass. It would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $132 more in property taxes per year.

The school district has been experiencing enrollment growth of about 6 percent a year. The most contested piece of the plan to deal with the growth was the construction of an elementary on the north side of the district. A number of residents there say they live closer to Sioux Falls and shouldn’t be financially responsible for Tea’s schools.

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