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Voters Approve Rochester School District Tax Increase – Barely

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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) – It was a very close call for the Rochester School District but by the time the votes in its Tuesday operating levy referendum were totaled, its request had been granted – by 239 votes.  

Just over 20,000 voters took part in the referendum.

The district was seeking voter approval of an increase in its operating levy of nearly $10 million. The district has said this would add about $15 a month to the property tax bills on a home valued at $200,000.

 

Yes
Yes %
No
No %
Total Votes Cast
Registered Voters
% Voted
 10,406
50.58%
 10,167
49.42%
 20,573
 69,305
29.68%

 

Results from other area districts show voters in Chatfield approved the first question on their ballot but rejected the other two.  Questions in the Hayfield, LeRoy-Ostrander and Southland districts were approved while voters in Owatonna voted in favor of a $78 million request for building projects.

Voters in St. Cloud  rejected a $167 million bond referendum.

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