Voters in the Janesville Consolidated School District have approved a multi-million dollar referendum for building improvements, after twice rejecting similar measures in the past.

Unofficial results show an $8.6 million bond issue passed with 62-percent support on Tuesday (Feb. 6, 2018). According to the tally, 724 voters said "Yes", while 438 said "No". A 60-percent super-majority was required for passage.

Approval means that property taxes will increase about $150 per year on homes valued at $100,000.

Money generated from the referendum will be used to build a larger gymnasium, expand the band room, and add 12 new classrooms to ease overcrowding. Some maintenance projects are also part of the planned upgrades.

District officials hope the renovation work will be completed before the start of the 2019-20 academic year.