CM 201-U Facilities Referendum Fails

CM 201-U Facilities Referendum Fails
Posted on 04/08/2021
2021 Referendum

CM 201-U facilities referendum to build two new schools fails

‘District renews its commitment to update and refine facilities in most need of repair’

(Crete, ILLINOIS) – Crete-Monee School District 201-U voters rejected the facilities referendum on the ballot at the Tuesday, April 6th Consolidated Election in Will County. With all precincts reporting, 2,342 (57.67 percent) of electors voted against the measure and 1,719 (42.3 percent) voted in favor.

“Naturally, we are all disappointed that the referendum was not approved by members of our community,” said Nelson Albrecht, School Board President. “We worked hard over the past year to gain their feedback and input. However, at the end of the day we respect the decision of our stakeholders and greatly appreciate their ongoing support,” he added.

The funding would have provided $65.25 million toward the building of new elementary schools in Crete and University Park.

The school district would also have used existing funds to maintain, repair, and equip existing school buildings, including Monee and Talala Elementary Schools, Crete-Monee High School, CM Middle School, Early Learning Center, and Monee Education Center.

If approved, the district would have sought state legislative approval to issue bonds with a 30-year payback period, as opposed to the current 20-year, preventing an increase to the annual debt payment of the school district and benefit to taxpayers.

District leadership says it has “renewed its commitment to continue working to update and refine district facilities in most need of repair.”
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