Yankton School District Opt-Out Passes

The third time was a charm for the Yankton School District.

Opt-out supporters were at the Yankton County Government Building eagerly awaiting results for most of the evening. By the end, there was some crying and lots of hugging in celebration of the win for the Yankton School District and its students.

The unofficial numbers are in and the yesses have it:

• 1,965 Yes votes at 54%

• 1,676 No votes at 46%

• Total voter turnout was 3,641 or 26.6 %

Nobody voted twice and there were no blank ballots submitted.

The ask was for a maximum annual sum not to exceed $1,850,000 for four years, beginning with 2020 property taxes, and payable in the year 2021. Each year, the exact amount of the additional tax levied is to be determined by the YSD school board. Also, the annual additional amount levied may be less that the requested $1,850,000.

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