Richfield, Elk River and Osseo had differing levy outcomes

  • Article by: MARIA ELENA BACA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 10, 2012 - 10:01 PM

Voters in Richfield and Elk River approved levy renewals, but only Richfield was successful in its request for additional funding. Osseo voters turned down an operating funds increase and a capital levy for technology.

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rubybird74Nov. 10, 12 9:38 PM

I live in the Elk River school district and voted for both the levies. Most of my neighbors were not even aware of the upcoming levy before the election - all we got was a poorly-crafted door leaflet a few weeks before. The school districts need to do a much better job marketing the value of these levies to their residents, even though they might have to invest (gamble) money to do it. Most see them as a tax increase, period.

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jjsbrwNov. 10, 1210:20 PM

rubybird74Nov. 10, 12 9:38 PM I live in the Elk River school district and voted for both the levies. Most of my neighbors were not even aware of the upcoming levy before the election - all we got was a poorly-crafted door leaflet a few weeks before. The school districts need to do a much better job marketing the value of these levies to their residents, even though they might have to invest (gamble) money to do it. Most see them as a tax increase, period. -------------------------------------- One thing those so adamantly opposed to any levy don't take into acccount is that their home values are closely tied to the communities support for its schools.

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eljayeffNov. 11, 12 1:59 AM

I live in Osseo. When School board members say that they need more money to cover rising costs: I say lower your costs and live within your means. For example what is that warehouse on 93rd and Zachery, complete with an electronic sign out front? Really? Do you need that fancy new building? What is that doing for the students? The unions and the school boards go behind closed doors and negotiate without regard to where they are going to get the money. I for one think you need to tighten you belts and have less chiefs and more teachers. A complete revamp of the school staffing pay and retirement system is the only way you are going to get any more money from me. Believe it or not what happened in Wisconsin can and should happen here. I hope Minnesota can make the union crippling legislation stick better then Wisconsin did.

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tpsmkemkNov. 11, 12 8:05 AM

We had a school levy that we passed last year---we are told it was for "the students". Two months later the teachers had a new contract and I'm still stuck selling overpriced Christmas wrapping paper and candy "for the schools". But the icing on the cake came this week when I received my property tax statement--that levy was a 1/3 higher than what was written in that campaign literature. Ok, that's fine. But I now expect my emails to schools district employees will be answered the same day and you will meet with me at a time convenient for me. (The same requirement I impose on myself with my customers).

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oldmotorheadNov. 11, 12 8:09 AM

I think most people who like to blame unions for problems, are just jealous because they think that public employees don't deserve a decent wage and pension. Everyone has the same opportunity to choose a career whether it be public or private companies. Schools are no different. But people like to blame them for our country's problems and not support them when they need help. I'm sure most of them would support paying for a new sports stadium though. GET YOUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT!!!!!!

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buckhunterNov. 11, 12 2:00 PM

All districts really overspend on building and fancy offices/electronic signage etc. If you want an eye opener -- simple look at the total number of employees in the district - then simply subtract the number of classroom teachers -- That is the problem! Way too many employed for a number of jobs that are not necessary.

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chuckdancerNov. 11, 12 4:36 PM

..."Way too many employed for a number of jobs that are not necessary"...******************* ******************************************* What jobs would those be?

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punky2012Nov. 11, 12 5:14 PM

Oh gosh, they NEED more money. They can't educated your children without more money. Where does the money go? A Pioneer Press study a few years ago showed ALMOST ALL of the money raised from levies goes into the pockets of teachers and administrators in the form of higher salaries and benefits. Furthermore, if you look at standardized test scores, you will see that all this additional money over the past 20 years has NOT improved educational outcomes one bit. That money wasn't intended to be used for the children. The greedy pig teachers and administrators take it all.

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muskie69Nov. 11, 12 5:24 PM

Oldmotorhead, I live in WI,thanksfully we dont allow people like you into our state....check your ego at the door and GET YOUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT, since when is union wages and pensions more important than the money that should be going toward the children? What happens when the tax payers cant afford that large pension you think about during your daily lunch hours, you wont be able to mouth off then about how great that union pension is right? Stop embarrassing your state. And yes the stadium deal I dont agree with although I dont know why you dont agree since most of those construction jobs will be ....UNION?!? Buckhunter yes good point, check out the budget of every public school system and check the amount actually spent for Education vs actually spent to fill the bloated salaries and pensions.

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lawyerguyNov. 12, 12 8:52 AM

So, even with the levy each district will see "cuts." I guess that depends on definitions. If you look at actual budgetary figures expenses in each district will increase. The "cuts" are simply reductions in previously projected increases. In government speak cuts are never really what everyone else perceives the word to mean and, for some reason, the strib never confronts administrators or even tells its readers that "cuts" never mean reductions in outlays.

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