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PHOENIX -

For its 25,000 students, the Scottsdale Unified School District asked voters to say yes to paying an extra $11 million.

The Scottsdale school district had a sophisticated advertising campaign to get voters to vote in favor of a tax increase.  They said it would reduce class size, maintain free kindergarten and more, but the voters said no by six percentage points.

"We are sad today.  We are sad because it impacts students when you talk about a budget.  You try as hard as you can to get money for students in the classroom so we are sad for that," said SUSD's Anne-Marie Woolsey.

The story was much the same in some other districts. 

Voters in the Gilbert Public School District also turned down a tax hike as did voters in the nearby Higley Unified School District, which serves 11,000 students.

HUSD Superintendent Denise Birdwell says the school will have to make some tough choices.

"At this stage, we have to ask the community what do they want?  What do they want to cut, what do they value?  Do they want to continue to pay for all-day kindergarten?  Do they want to pay for athletics?"

A bit down the road from Higley in Queen Creek, voters also rejected a budget override and it wasn't even close.

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