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Wendy Reuer, Published November 06 2010
A glance at other school district proposals around Minnesota
About half of the 76 Minnesota school districts went to their voters on Tuesday for permission to raise their property taxes.
It was the largest number of school districts going to the voters since 2007, when 101 districts put levies before their voters, according to The Associated Press. Driving the districts was a widespread fear that the state’s projected $6 billion budget deficit will mean flat or reduced funding for schools.
Greg Abbott, spokesman for the Minnesota School Boards Association, said the 55 percent win rate was down from last year’s 72 percent rate, The AP reported. But it was up from the 42 percent rate in 2006, which was the last time levy requests competed with congressional races for voters’ attention.
Following are the results from some area school levy measures: Park Rapids, proposal to renew the district’s existing referendum revenue authorization of $600 per pupil approved: 54.38 percent, or 2,937 votes, yes; 45.62 percent, or 2,464 votes, no. Perham-Dent, three ballot measures rejected. Measure 1, $595 per pupil for five years to maintain class sizes: 44.8 percent, or 2,300 votes, yes; 55.12 percent, or 2,825 votes, no. Measure 2, $195 per pupil for five years to update classroom technology: 40.37 percent, or 2,039 votes, yes; 59.63 percent, or 3,012 votes, no. Measure 3, $195 per pupil for five years: 38.27 percent, or 1,932 votes, yes; 61.73 percent, or 3,116 votes, no. Norman County West, proposal to renew an existing levy of $700.18 per pupil for 10 years approved: 78.15 percent, or 372 votes, yes; 21.85 percent, or 104 votes, no. Fergus Falls, proposal to renew an existing levy of $416 per pupil for 10 years approved: 65.41 percent, or 4,988 votes, yes; 34.59 percent, or 2,638 votes, no.