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Garretson residents vote to increase taxes to fund schools

GARRETSON, S.D. (AP) -- Residents of Garretson have voted to opt out of the state property tax freeze to better fund schools. Unofficial returns from Tuesday's election show 57 percent of the 832 voters in favor of the measure. It will generate a...

GARRETSON, S.D. (AP) - Residents of Garretson have voted to opt out of the state property tax freeze to better fund schools.

Unofficial returns from Tuesday's election show 57 percent of the 832 voters in favor of the measure. It will generate an additional $500,000 for Garretson schools.

Dropping enrollment over the past decade has led to financial woes for the school district.

The measure will increase property taxes by an estimated $328 annually on a $100,000 home and about $54 annually on $100,000 worth of farmland.

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