Election Results: Voters Defeat Most Levies
Both levy questions in the ROCORI school district failed. The first question, which would have renewed an existing $276,000 levy was defeated by 48 votes. The second question, which would have combined that levy with an existing levy was defeated by 361 votes. The 2007 levy will continue through 2013, but the revenues from the 2001 levy will end at the end of this school year.
Both questions also failed in the Sauk Rapids-Rice school district. The first question for $944,000 a year for ten years failed with 2,430 no votes, and 1,996 yes votes. And the second question for $728,000 a year for five years failed with 2,549 no votes, and 1,881 yes votes.
Voters in the Royalton school district have defeated a six-year $532,000 tax increase. There were 605 no votes, and 402 yes votes.
Royalton and Sauk Rapids-Rice remain just two of 36 districts in the state with no levy to help cover their operating costs.
Albany voters rejected both questions on their ballot. The first question, which would have renewed and expanded an existing levy was defeated with 1,026 no votes, and 912 yes votes. The second question, which would have raised an addition $255,000 a year for 10 years for maintenance, technology and buses was defeated with 1113 no votes, and 820 yes votes.
Sartell-St. Stephen voters passed both questions on their ballot. The first question for a $2.9 million a year operating levy for 10 years passed with 1,818 yes votes, and 1,579 no votes. Also, a $9 million bond referendum for building projects passed with a similar vote.
Voters in the Melrose school district have overwhelmingly voted to renew their existing levy. There were 742 yes votes and 298 no votes. The $1.1 million levy will be extended for the next six years. The renewal does not raise property taxes.
Foley voters passed two of three questions on their ballot. They voted to renew an existing $440,000 levy for the next seven years. It passed 911 to 453. A second questions that will collect an addtional $94,000 a year for eight years for school programs passed 687 to 672. However, a third question for $220,000 a year for eight years for all day kindergarten failed 824 to 530.