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April 11, 2018 07:49 AM

Opt-Out Vote Fails In Brookings; School Board, City Council Members Elected

Brookings

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

  1. No - 74.93 percent (2,768 votes)
  2. Yes - 25.25 percent (859 votes)

    Total: 3,694 votes

School board members

  1. Debra DeBates - 29.21 percent (2,158 votes)
  2. Roger DeGroot - 28.38 percent (2,097 votes)
  3. Randy Grimsley - 20.76 percent (1,534 votes)

    Total: 7,388 votes

City council members at-large (3 years)

  1. Nick Wendell - 27.29 percent (1,725 votes)
  2. Patty Bacon - 23.86 percent (1,508 votes)
  3. Nick G. Schmeichel - 21.60 percent (1,365 votes)
  4. Verna Longville - 10.40 percent (657 votes)

    Total: 657 votes

City council member at-large (1 year)

  1. Holly Tilton Bryne - 46.33 percent (1,464 votes)
  2. Joey Collins - 41.84 percent (1,322 votes)

    Total: 3,160 votes
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