Melrose–Both questions on Thursday’s Melrose Area Public School referendum vote failed by large margins, as 2,924 people voted, including 458 new voters.
The first question was for a $25,705,000 referendum that would have raised money to help build new or renovate existing facilities.
The second was for $3,130,000 for additional gymasium space. The first question failed with 567 for and 2,350 against.
The second failed 467 for and 1,693 against. The first question needed to pass in order for the second to pass.
The turnout for the vote was high in all precincts. There were 458 voters who registered to vote for the first time across all precincts.
Results by voting precincts:
• Melrose (city of Melrose, Melrose Township and Sauk Centre Township): Question 1-329 yes, 755 no; Question 2-277 yes, 57 no. 147 new voters.
• Freeport (Freeport): Question 1-28 yes, 182 no; Question 2-23 yes, 187 no. 35 new voters.