Osseo Area Schools referendum questions pass

Two Osseo Area Schools referendum questions passed on Election Night, according to preliminary polling results. More than 60 percent of voters were in favor of both the operating levy and technology levy, according to the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State’s initial results.

With all 22 school district precincts reporting, the operating levy passed with 63 percent voter approval (9,563 votes), and 62 percent of voters approved the technology levy (9,408 votes),
according to preliminary results.

The operating levy will provide $9 million more than the existing levy, which collects about $33 million a year and is set to expire in 2017.

Approval of the technology referendum will provide $5 million in additional funding for the next 10 years. These funds would be dedicated to providing students technological equipment and

The wide-margin win follows a narrow defeat in last year’s election, when a five-year operating levy was defeated by 116 votes, or about 0.2 percent, and a technology levy was defeated by a margin of 2,287 votes, or about 3.4 percent.

Leading up to Election Day, district officials have said that approving the operating levy would prevent $8 million in budget cuts over the next two years.