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Cali Owings, Published March 17 2014

No discussion of failed levy request at Fargo School Board meeting

FARGO – The Fargo School Board did not discuss possible implications of the district’s failed levy request Monday night in its first meeting since last week’s vote.

In the special election last Tuesday, voters denied the district’s request to levy up to 150 general fund mills with 3,491 votes against and 2,597 in favor.

The district needs voter approval of the levy by the end of 2015 or the dollars from its current mill levy will be frozen and the district will lose out on revenue from increases in property values.

District leaders estimate $1 million in lost revenue in the first year based on a 2.2 percent growth in property values.

The board approved a handful of absentee ballots not counted on Election Day and reviewed a report of all communications efforts surrounding the special election but did not discuss how it would move forward.

The district could bring the question to voters again or start planning for budget changes.

Some School Board members have said they anticipate cuts that could lead to larger class sizes, fewer course offerings, fewer teachers and closing underused neighborhood schools.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Cali Owings at (701) 241-5599