Merrill voters will decide today whether the school districts can spent two and a half million dollars for the next four years on operational funding. If the funding referendum is not approved today, school officials say two schools in Merrill will be forced to close. Superintendent Dr. John Sample says if voters rejected the referendum, they will be forced to restructure the school district. Maple Grove and Jefferson Elementary would close. Washington Elementary and Kate Goodrich Elementary would house K-3, Prairie River Middle School would house 4-7, and the high school would house 8-12. If approved, the referendum will cost an estimated $6 per year for each $100,000 property value.