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H-BC levy vote nears

HILLS -- In less than two weeks, the fate of Hills-Beaver Creek High School will rest in the hands of voters, as the district seeks a $9.9-million replacement for its current 1921 facility.

Voters in the Hills-Beaver Creek School District may vote from 5 to 8 p.m. March 9 on a bond referendum issue that would raise taxes to fund land acquisition, construction and equipping of a new, more energy-efficient high school building in Hills.

A public meeting to discuss the vote will be at 7:30 p.m. March 4 in the high school gymnasium.

The increase in taxes for a residential property is estimated at $67 per $50,000 taxable market value per year, or about $267 on a property valued at $200,000. For commercial or industrial property, the increase would be an estimated $200 per $100,000 value; and for agricultural homestead property, an estimated $334 per $400,000 value, when the value of a house, garage and one acre is assumed to be $100,000.

Voting locations are: residents of Springwater Township and the city of Beaver Creek will vote at the Beaver Creek City Hall; residents of Beaver Creek Township, Beaver Creek Township Hall; residents of the city of Steen, Steen City Hall; residents of Clinton Township, Clinton Township Hall; and residents of Martin Township and the city of Hills, Hills Legion Hall.

The school board also approved a resolution calling for the issuance of school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $9.9 million at its meeting earlier this month.

The school board will canvass the election results at 7 p.m. March 11 in the high school library.

For more information on the proposed high school facility, visit