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While Arizona school districts, such as Williams and Bagdad, saw their budget overrides approved on election day, voters in the Sedona area turned down an override.

Unofficial results indicate voters rejected a 15 percent budget override for the Sedona-Oak Creek School District during the Tuesday, Nov. 6, election by a narrow margin.The vote could mean drastic cuts for the Sedona-Oak Creek School District in the coming years. In October, SOCSD Superintendent Dave Lykins said the district could face a two-year reduction process totalling more than $750,000 should the override not be approved. Class sizes would also increase in Sedona schools, he said.

Unofficial results indicate voters rejected a 15 percent budget override for the SOCSD during the Tuesday, Nov. 6, election by a narrow margin. The override fell short by 157 votes as of Wednesday, Nov. 7. The override failed by 145 votes in Yavapai County and by 12 votes in Coconino County. A total of 3,057 votes were cast against the override, with 2,912 votes made in favor of the override in Yavapai County. In Coconino County, 741 votes were made against the override, with 729 cast in favor of it.

For the full story, see the Friday, Nov. 9, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.


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  • djs

    PATHETIC!! AZ funds schools more poorly than most states, owing to very low property tax rates; kids in middle school here don't even have their own books. The "over-ride" was badly needed just to stay at the status quo. The short-sighted tight-wads who voted against it should be ashamed.

  • jhcj

    If your family needs something important and you are unable to increase your income, you reduce your overhead in other areas. If you are a business owner in need of something critical to stay in business and compete yet your income has dropped (perhaps due to a recession), you reduce overhead in other areas. Is it possible voters are suggesting SOCSD do the same.

  • mhh

    Well djs, just maybe it's time folks thought about living within their means, enjoy the SHS's $1m football field then tell me about budget shortflls . . .

  • Davidsons

    Arizona has the worst paying teacher salaries in the US and Sedona school district is the worst in AZ. Get over your red rock fever and start thinking about the future of our kids.

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