Shakopee, other Minnesota school districts that failed to pass local funding measures plan for cuts
November 10, 2020
Voters in several Minnesota communities rejected their school districts' requests for additional local funding, prompting some schools to begin planning for major budget cuts.
More than 40 districts asked voters to renew or increase local operating or technology levies or approve borrowing for major construction projects. But with attention focused on the presidential election, other high-profile races and the economic uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, many of those districts came up empty-handed.
Just over half of the districts with operating levies on the ballot won voter approval, the lowest passing rate since 2008, according to the Minnesota School Boards Association. Just 17 levies were approved, the smallest number in any election since 1996.