Voters resoundingly defeated an $18.7 million school bond levy

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District 777 voters resoundingly defeated an $18.7 million bond building bond levy in voting Tuesday, May 12. There were 1,354 votes cast against the referendum (67.5 percent) to 651 in favor (32.5 percent.)
The margin of the defeat showed a widespread dissatisfaction with the plan. Those voting against it did so for a variety of reason including: the current poor farm economy, an increase in taxes, moving the fourth grade to the high school, and a plan that seemed to change too often.
Voter turnout was very high with 2,005 ballots cast. That is 833 more votes than were cast in the 2013 levy referendum for funding school operations and 912 more than were cast in the 2011 operating levy referendum.
District 777’s Board of Education is planning on meeting Monday night to discuss how it will move forward following the building levy defeat.
 
 
District 777   Building Levy Referendum
 
                                         Ballots                  Percent
District 777                        Yes     No        Yes         No
Vote total 2,005                 651   1,354     32.5        67.5
 
 
 
Past Operating Levy Referendums
 
                                           Ballots                     Percent
Precinct 2013                      Yes     No        Yes         No
City of Benson W I No         243     173       58.4        41.6
City of Benson W II So        221     189       53.9        46.1
Rural/other cities              189     157       54.6        45.4
Total                                   653     519       55.7        44.3
Total votes cast                 1,172
 
                                           Ballots                      Percent
Precinct 2011                      Yes     No        Yes         No
City of Benson W I No         283     82         75.5%     25.5%
City of Benson W II So        258     80         76.3%     24.7%
Rural/other cities               308     82         79.0%     21.0%
Total                                   849     244       77.7%     22.3%
Total votes cast                 1,093
 
                                              Ballots                 Percent
Precinct 2006                      Yes     No        Yes         No
City of Benson W I No         448     248       64.4%     35.6%
City of Benson W II So        477     250       65.6%     34.4%
Rural/Other cities                674     496       57.6%     42.4%
Total                                 1,559     994       61.7%     38.3%
 

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