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Brooklyn Center to try again, after 8 rejected school levies

They’re teaching a lesson in perseverance in Brooklyn Center. After losing eight consecutive school levy votes in the past six years, school officials are trying again Tuesday.

This time, residents are being asked to replace an existing levy, which soon expires.

In September, voters rejected the latest levy attempt, which would have increased taxes, so school officials came back with this new approach that would keep taxes the same.

They’re allowed to have another referendum so soon because the district is in statutory operating debt, said the Brooklyn Center Sun Post. They could have tried another vote as early as late November, but “the board decided to wait until December to avoid the time around the Thanksgiving holiday when many voters might have been out of town,” the story said.

Superintendent Keith Lester told MPR:

“We’ve continued to make it, if you want to call it that, because we’ve been able to get grants and do innovative things but we’re starting to run dry. Now it’s time to pass the levy and we’ll still have to be scraping, but at least we won’t have to scrape that much deeper.”

And he said: “If we don’t pass the levy, we’ll have to find or cut another $600,000. We have cut so much now that in all likelihood there’s no where else to cut but in classroom teachers, specific instructional supports, and things like that.”

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