Marshfield Voters Could Get New Schools & Lower Taxes

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Here's a new twist on a referendum.

The Marshfield School District is asking voters to approve 21 million dollars in spending for two new elementary schools and a host of improvements.

But property taxes still wouldn't go up -- they would actually go down.

School Superintendent Bruce King says it's hard to believe, considering that tax increases are part of around 99 percent of the referendums held.

King says an increased property tax base thanks to new development and businesses like the Marshfield Clinic mean property taxes in the area will drop in the next budget.

Right now, Marshfield residents pay 717-dollars a year on every 100-thousand dollars in property value. It would go down to 655 dollars if the referendum passes, or 623 if it doesn't.