Fremont Candidates Differ on Referendums

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Byline: Russell Lissau Daily Herald Staff Writer

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CORRECTION/date 03-09-1999: Doug Swager, a candidate for the school board in Fremont Elementary District 96, is a challenger and has never been a member of that board before. A story in some editions was incorrect.

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Candidates for three open seats on the Fremont Elementary District school board are split over whether building and education referendums will be needed in 2000.

Three candidates - incumbents Kathryn L. Eggert, Mary Anne Hoffman and Doug Swager - believe a tax-rate increase is necessary to pay for the growing student body, while Valerie L. Kahn does not.

The Fremont Elementary District 79 board will ask voters in spring 2000 for money for a third building and education costs. The district's last referendum was in 1996, when voters approved a bond sale to build Fremont Elementary School.

Enrollment projections show a new school will be needed by 2002.

The two schools now have 1,357 students. Enrollment is expected to be 1,511 next year, up 11 percent.

Eggert said she'd rather ask voters for smaller tax-rate increases every few years than bigger ones over longer time spans.

"I think it's more fair," said Eggert, 44, a homemaker. …