Voters reject levy, bond requests


The Independent School District 834 Board and administration face having to cut $10 million from the district budget after district voters Tuesday rejected two levies and a bond issue.

With all precincts in, unofficial results show district voters narrowly rejected the three proposals on Tuesday’s ballot.

The first proposal to revoke the district’s current $996 per pupil per year levy for a levy of $1,465 failed by a 52 percent to 48 percent margin, with 7,030 no votes and 6,454 yes votes.

The second levy to raise about $6.8 million over seven years for computers, software and other technology features was defeated by a 53 percent to 47 percent margin, or 7,128 no votes to 6,328 yes votes.

The third item, an $18,375 million bond issue to pay for improvements to school facilities failed by a 52 percent to 48 percent margin, or 6,950 no votes to 6,504 yes votes.

The ISD 834 School Board and administrators both have said over the last two months that rejection of the three proposals means $10 million must be cut from the district budget. Passage of the three proposals, district officials added, would have resulted in only having to cut $5 million.

The district will form a special committee to look at areas to cut and hold public hearings for input from residents before announcing any reductions.

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