Roland-Story voters reject bond issue

Voters in the Roland-Story School District soundly rejected a $5.3 million bond issue Tuesday.  68 percent of those who went to the polls voted no on money to build a new football stadium and track near Interstate 35 on the site of the now-closed outlet mall. $500,000 would also have been used to renovate the auditorium at the Roland-Story High School. Supporters of the bond issue say the football field has experienced erosion due to flooding, and the track is badly cracked. It also has limited seating, restrooms that don't meet code, and the stadium has poor handicapped accessibility. They say the auditorium needs new fireproof curtains, seating, carpet, lighting, and updated sound and video systems. The Story County Auditor’s office says a 45 percent of registered voters cast ballots.

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