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Waterloo voters reject budget: What happens next?

It doesn’t happen very often, but one local school district will have to go back to the drawing board.

The proposed 2023-2024 budget for the Waterloo School District was rejected by voters, falling short by a narrow margin of eight votes, 304-296, according to the district clerk’s office.


This budget, a $50.1 million spending plan, carried a 1.75 percent tax levy rate. In response to this outcome, the district’s Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in the Middle School LGI Room to revisit the budget proposal.

In contrast to the budget results, two propositions managed to secure approval from the voters.


The first, a proposition for purchasing three passenger buses, was approved decisively with a 429-171 vote.

Similarly, an authorization to levy a tax to provide $276,839.04 to the Waterloo Public Library and Historical Society saw the approval of voters, 338-262, marking a 6.91% increase.

Christopher Felice, Patrick Tellier, and Jolynn Worden secured three-year terms on the school board.