Brooklyn Center Passes Proposed Levy After 8 Attempts

BROOKLYN PARK (WCCO) — Voters in the Brooklyn Center School District Tuesday approved the renewing of the district’s operating levy 513 to 196. It’s a move that means taxpayers will continue to provide the same amount per student.

“We are so grateful that our community approved this levy renewal,” said School Board Chair Cheryl Jechorek. “Stable sources of funding are critical to our ability to provide students with quality educational programming.”

Voters have defeated eight straight levies put on the ballot in Brooklyn Center.

The operating levy, which is now extended for 10 more years, will cost taxpayers about $50 dollars a month. The renewal will continue to provide $337 per student, which represents approximately $600,000.

According to district officials, the renewal still doesn’t solve the district’s overall financial challenges due to “stagnant state funding and increasing educational costs.”

  • keel

    513 votes….”our community”? Give me a break. Apparently the voters got too tired of voting on this levy and just stayed home.

  • redneck purist

    Next time include money for jail cells for half the students. It’ll pass in a landslide.

  • Jason

    Buses with many teenaged mothers with strollers riding down the street headed to BCHS. Free health clinics at the school. Free breakfast ,lunch and dinner served at the school. The worst testing score for basics 9-12 in the state. These are many reasons why 8 previous levys failed. Nothing like throwing money down a hole.

  • How stuff works, class 101

    It just goes to show you how school levys work in MN. The school district gets to put it to a vote about every ten minutes or so. The “no” from the voters doesn’t count – it never counts … it’s merely a way point in the process. The school district gets however many “do-overs” they need until they get a “yes,” even if only by a single vote. The “yes” is unchangeable.

    Real fair, isn’t it?

  • James

    Could it help that WCCO listed this vote as a mail-in only vote just yesterday? Turns out it was not a mail-in only vote. Interesting how that works, too bad the voter frauds didn’t get the same memo. And… that’s why Crooklyn Center is what it is. Defunct and desparate. How’s that world class mall working out?

    • Jason

      @ james, another interesting practice of moving the voting location 3 times in the last 1 1/2 years. District 1 that is. 2012 prop tax shows 10% decrease. Now with this levy renewal we lost that savings. This was sold as a no new tax increase….. This school is known as a habitual under achiever in education. Excellant daycare provider though.

  • Jason

    @ james, something else interesting like moving the voting location 3 times in the last 1 1/2 years. This was sold as a no new tax levy. Simply put , not true. I can give multiple reasons why this is foolish.

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