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Richfield Passes Both Referendum Measures

Following 2011's upset, unofficial results show voters upheld the school district's request for more funds.

After a painful defeat in 2011, the Richfield School Board and referendum advocates are without a doubt happy about the outcome at the polls Tuesday night.

According to unofficial results, Richfield voters not only voted to renew the soon-to-expire referendum (14,544 "yes" to 4,965 "no" votes), but also approved a small increase, which will result in an additional $16 in property taxes per year for the average homeowner.

Voters saw two questions on the ballot—one for a renewal and one for a renewal with an increase. There were 12,348 votes cast in favor of the renewal with the increase and 7,092 against it, according to the unofficial results. The referendum has a 10-year life.

While the additional funding will be a big help, Superintendent Bob Slotterback has said a few times that the district will still need to make cuts to the tune of about $1.2 million.

Of course, this means increasing class sizes, potential increases in fees and programming cuts will be necessary. However, the cuts and increases are not nearly as drastic as they would be if the measures failed.

More election results can be found on the Minnesota Secretary of State's website. The office has yet to officially rule on the results.

Richfield Patch will continue its coverage of local, state and national races in the coming days.

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Tina Lavin November 07, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Thank you to all the citizens of Richfield who came out to vote. Our community is stronger because of all the engaged people who were willing to support our schools. Together we can ensure that our city continues to thrive.
David R November 07, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I voted yes to both. Now can the Richfield School Board please refrain from testing my patience with any other stupid moves along the lines of spending money on lights for the baseball field?
Caitlin Burgess November 07, 2012 at 04:08 PM
I have a feeling you're not the only one thinking that. That was quite the ordeal.
Will November 07, 2012 at 06:13 PM
I didn't agree with the baseball field lights move at the time, but in the end, like the football field, the District should make some money from leasing it out for use. My hope is it will end up paying for itself.
Will November 07, 2012 at 06:14 PM
And I am proud to be a Richfield Citizen. Thanks to all for stepping up even if it took a year longer than hoped.

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