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Richfield Votes Against Referendum

Richfield voters also elect three school board members—two new and one incumbent.

Richfield voters have spoken and the Richfield Public Schools District won't receive . There were 2,419 votes cast against the referendum and 2,167 in favor, according to unofficial results.

Without the additional funding, schools will likely be forced to cut more staff, thereby raising class sizes throughout the district. that high school classes will likely be in the 40s and elementary classes in the 30s without the additional funding.

In addition to declining to pass the levy, voters elected (1,671),  (1,340 votes) and incumbent (1,238) to the Richfield School Board.

More election results can be found on the Minnesota Secretary of State's website. The office has yet to rule the results official.

Stay tuned as Richfield Patch works to gather the newly electeds' reactions, voter turnout details and more.

j bender November 10, 2011 at 05:57 PM
Hi Zack...Thanks to you and the other 14 residents who were willing to serve on the School Board. I actually voted for you because you were the only candidate I could find who was questioning, if not outright rejecting the referendum. Wish we could have had your perspective on the Board. Thanks again for putting yourself out there.
Caitlin Burgess November 10, 2011 at 06:38 PM
Hi Allan, the increase that was from around $300 to $700 was actually in per-pupil spending, not in actual property taxes. Property taxes on an average home worth about $185K would have only seen an increase of $119 per year, or about $10 a month. Some voters may not been aware of this, but I can't necessarily say a misunderstanding would've caused the measure to not pass. But, either way, a smaller option would've likely been easier to swallow because, while property taxes wouldn't have doubled if the levy passed, spending would've - which many were probably unhappy about.
Kevin Maleck November 10, 2011 at 07:04 PM
The amount of the request was tempered by surveys conducted last spring which showed pretty strong support at levels higher than the $10 per month. Of course, that was last spring. It is all water under the bridge until next year and the district will make cuts where necessary. Our district staff and members of the Fiscal Planning Advisory Committee are a sharp bunch and will do their best. The coming cuts should usher in an "all hands on deck" approach from our community. If we can't support the district with cash, we can certainly help by rolling up our sleeves and volunteering. Caitlin, I will be contacting you about an article on a math tutoring volunteer corps/program we are looking to build in the near future. In the mean time, I'll take anyone who may be able to help in a classroom for 45 minutes, one day a week. Contact me at kmaleck@damico.com
Caitlin Burgess November 10, 2011 at 07:55 PM
Will do Kevin. Thanks.
Robert November 11, 2011 at 04:39 PM
Is there government waste in America? Absolutely. But this money was not going to buy a $1 billion fighter jet, line some oil company's profits, or pay for a tropical vacation for some politician. This was going to support our schools. I don't see too many teachers, custodians, or administrators driving Mercedes to school every day. Strong schools are good for everyone. Anyway you look at it; financially, socially... The referendum passing would only result in good.

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