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Ely voters approve property tax increase for school heating system

Voters in Ely have voted to raise their property taxes to pay for a new $3 million heating system for the public schools.

In November, a similar, though slightly more expensive, proposition was narrowly voted down. A second, even more expensive proposal that included new roofs, major electrical upgrades, lighting and plumbing was also rejected.

But on Tuesday the heating-only proposal passed with nearly 70 percent approval.

Cost: an annual increase of $33 per $100,000, of assessed value for homeowners; about $50 per $100,000 for commercial properties below $500,000 valuation and $60 per $100,000 for those higher.

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