Voters turned down a tax hike for schools during a city and school election in Brookings on Tuesday.
By nearly a 3 to 1 margin, a $5.1 million tax opt-out was rejected for the Brookings School District. The additional property taxes would have been collected starting in 2019 through 2028. State law calls for a two-thirds vote for a tax opt-out to pass.
Mayoral candidate Keith Corbett ran unopposed and will take office on May 1 along with other elected officials from the election.
Brookings also elected three members to its city council and two members to the public school board:
Tax levy opt out for Brookings School District
- No - 74.93 percent (2,768 votes)
- Yes - 25.25 percent (859 votes)
Total: 3,694 votes
School board members
- Debra DeBates - 29.21 percent (2,158 votes)
- Roger DeGroot - 28.38 percent (2,097 votes)
- Randy Grimsley - 20.76 percent (1,534 votes)
Total: 7,388 votes
City council members at-large (3 years)
- Nick Wendell - 27.29 percent (1,725 votes)
- Patty Bacon - 23.86 percent (1,508 votes)
- Nick G. Schmeichel - 21.60 percent (1,365 votes)
- Verna Longville - 10.40 percent (657 votes)
Total: 657 votes
City council member at-large (1 year)
- Holly Tilton Bryne - 46.33 percent (1,464 votes)
- Joey Collins - 41.84 percent (1,322 votes)
Total: 3,160 votes
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