Overall, Tuesday was a good day for Minnesota school districts with tax levy referendums before their voters. About 70 percent of the districts succeeded in passing their referendums.
Unfortunately, New Ulm and Sleepy Eye were not among them. This is going to force those districts into making difficult decisions in the months ahead.
New Ulm's referendum would have raised $1.6 million next year. That money would have been used to "maintain" - to keep current programs, to maintain managable class sizes, to invest in needed textbooks and computer technology.
Without the levy, New Ulm School Board members will have to cut that money out of the current budget somehow. We predict howls of dismay as the district's programs are cut back.