River Ridge athletic field referendum fails by one vote

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PATCH GROVE, Wis. (WMTV) -- A single vote made the difference between whether or not Grant County voters would approve a referendum to finish building a $2.3 million outdoor educational facility.

(Source: The River Ridge School District)

On Tuesday, voters in a Grant County school district rejected the $2.3 million referendum, 331-330, the Grant County Clerk's Office confirms.

River Ridge District Administrator Clay Koenig plans to revisit the issue and is hoping that they will be able to change at least one mind.

"There's one person out there who maybe didn't get the right information or get the information that they needed," he said. "So, if that's what we need to do when we go back to a referendum... we'll figure out what those missing pieces were or are."

Koenig told NBC15 News that he plans to go back and try a referendum at some point in the future.

According to the River Ridge School District, the money was to be used to pay for construction and equipping the facility, located in Patch Grove, as well as help refinance state trust fund loans issued to help pay for the facility.

According to a flyer from the school district, the athletic fields and track, fencing, press box, lighting and seating have already been built.

The $2.3 million would have gone towards repairing a retention pond; building parking, an access road to the parking lot, additional fencing and dugouts for softball and baseball diamonds; and purchasing equipment for maintaining the facility.

The district says that if they wait on finishing the facility, it could cost between $125,000 - $150,000 more per year.

A diagram of the proposed finished facility (Source: River Ridge School District)