Voters reject Freedom school referendums

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FREEDOM, Wis. (WBAY) - Two referendums for Freedom schools were soundly defeated Tuesday.

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As Action 2 News has reported, the school district was asking voters to approve $66.7 million for a new high school and athletic fields, security upgrades and building renovations.

That referendum was defeated by 756 votes, with 1,055 voters saying yes and 1,811 saying no.

A second referendum question to let the school district exceed its revenue limit to cover the expenses for that new high school became a moot point, but it was defeated by an even larger margin of 882 votes, with 988 voters saying yes and 1,870 saying no.

Voter turnout was steady Tuesday afternoon, and at times there was a long line extending out the front door of Freedom Town Hall.

John Christian told us he voted against the referendum. "I voted no because it's a want and not a need. So, it's easy to spend other people's money. A lot of people are on fixed incomes, and you have to take than into consideration. So I don't believe right now is the time that they need a new high school."

Becky Franzen said she voted us. "I do have two children, one in elementary school and one in middle school. I do feel that the elementary school is getting overcrowded, very little parking, and it's a great plan for Freedom, the area of Freedom."

School officials say they're disappointed by the results but they probably won't put another referendum in front of voters for at least four or five years.

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