Lake Park-Audubon voters approve new operating levy
Good news for school supporters in Lake Park-Audubon as voters approved an increased operating levy.
The vote in LP-A was 778 "yes" votes to 663 "no" votes.
The $750-per-student levy will run for seven years and will replace the existing $500-per-student levy.
"The passage of this levy allows us to continue in the direction we're going and hopefully avert cuts in the next few years," LP-A Superintendent Dale Hogie said.
It will be used for general education purposes.
The current operating levy brings in about $343,000 per year.
That will increase to about $515,000 per year now that the new levy has been approved.
The extra money will help the district to stave off more big budget cuts and to maintain its educational excellence.
Hogie congratulated the Detroit Lakes district for its positive levy vote, and said the results in Ulen-Hitterdal show how important a community school is for residents there.
"It's tough for Pelican Rapids and Perham and Moorhead (where operating levies failed)" he added. "We've all been cutting, and people don't realize the sacrifice we make and the cuts we make -- we just deal with the resources we have."
A special meeting to canvass the election results will be held at 4:45 p.m. today in the Elementary Media Center in Audubon.