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Triton Public School District's operational levy fails

The Triton Public School District asked for its community's help financially by holding an operational levy vote on Nov. 7.

Posted: Nov 16, 2017 10:32 AM
Updated: Nov 16, 2017 5:53 PM

DODGE COUNTY, Minn. - The Triton Public School District asked for its community's help financially by holding an operational levy vote on Nov. 7. That vote failed with 479 voting no and 455 voting yes. There were 934 total votes.

According to Brett Joyce, the Triton Public School District's superintendent, the whole reason they went to voters was because their budget has been declining.

Now with the levy failing, Joyce said the school board will have to make some cuts.

"We'll have to make tough decisions on cutting personnel and program. That's what's left," Joyce said. "We trimmed 380,000 [dollars] this spring out of our budget and that's all we can trim to keep it away from students and staff, so by students I mean curriculum and programs."

Triton Public Schools is one of 10 school districts in southeast Minnesota who asked voters for more money by either voting on an operating levy or bond issue.

According to Joyce, Triton is also one of about 50 schools in Minnesota doing this because increasing costs are higher than what the state is funding for education.

If the operating levy would have been approved, the taxes for people living in the district would have gone up. For some, that was a deciding factor.

"I'm on a fixed income right now so any extra money costs me a lot of different things so because of that reason, I'm not in favor of it," Jim Dahl, a Dodge County resident, said.

For others, they just wanted to approve it for the kids.

"Well it'll increase my taxes quite a bit," Edgar Adams, another Dodge County resident, said. "I have a farm and I have a house here in town, but I'm you know not poor so I feel I can do that."

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