The Devils Lake School Board voted Monday to go forward with the proposed Fine Arts Center they hope to build linking the high school and the Lake Area Career and Technical Center across the parking lot.

The Devils Lake School Board voted Monday to go forward with the proposed Fine Arts Center they hope to build linking the high school and the Lake Area Career and Technical Center across the parking lot.

In two separate roll call votes the members of the board voted on the initial resolution for general obligation school building bonds and a resolution calling a special election to vote on the question of approving an initial resolution for general obligation school building bonds.

The vote was unanimous in favor of both.

Then they set the date. A special election will take place Tuesday, March 21 in the Memorial Building.

The maximum amount of bonds proposed to be issued is $8,950,000. The purpose for the proposed bonds is to provide funds together with other funds available to construct a Fine Arts Center and to otherwise renovate and improve school property.

If the bond issue is authorized, there would be an estimated tax increase for property owners. On a residential parcel valued at $150,000, which is the average true and full value of a residential parcel within Ramsey County the increase per year would be $97.34 or 14.42 mills.

On an acre of crop land valued at $768, which is the average value of crop land in the county, the increase would be $.55 per acre or 14.42 mills. For non-crop land valued at $162 per acre in the county, it would mean an increase of $.12 or 14.42 mills.

The school district is earmarking $150,000 per year from its building fund to be dedicated for this project and private donations of over $400,000 have already been raised.

In Monday’s meeting the school board also approved of a Fine Arts Center Information Sheet that will aid voters in becoming informed about the project and its importance to the district.