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Willmar school levy fails

WILLMAR -- Voters in the Willmar School District have turned back an operating levy that would have raised an additional $1.8 million a year for the next 10 years.

The voters refused to revoke a $498.49 levy per pupil unit and replace it with an $898.49 levy.

The vote was 4,627 no to 4,411 yes.

The $498.49 levy is set to expire next year. School officials have said they will likely try again next year. If the levy is allowed to expire, the district will lose about $2.4 million a year.

The money from the new levy would have been used to help restore programs that were cut in recent years and to build up the district's general fund balance.

Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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