Skip to main content

Minnesota school districts seek big money from voters in November

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Voters across Minnesota next month will be asked to renew tax levies or raise new money – hundreds of millions of dollars – for schools over the next decade, the Pioneer Press reports in a new analysis.

In all, 83 Minnesota school districts have ballot measures in front of voters, 57 of which are for operating levies and 26 for building or capital projects.

In the Twin Cities, 25 metro-area districts are asking voters for more than $250 million, the newspaper reports.

The requests include money for a variety of projects: maintaining buildings and facilities, replacing outdated technology and buying up new land for buildings, the newspaper reports.

The number of ballot requests is similar to other recent odd-year elections, an official with the Association of Metropolitan School Districts, told the Pioneer Press.

There is much at stake in the levy votes, school officials say.

By way of example, in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan district, officials are asking voters for an additional $10 million per year, which amounts to roughly $15 more per month for the owner of a $225,000 house in the district, Patch reports. Without the money, the district is facing significant staff and program cuts, officials say.

In Mahtomedi, a levy increase would hike property taxes on a median-valued home in the district by $181, White Bear Press reports. The money is needed because state money for the district is not keeping up with actual costs, district officials say. The money would also offer a boost for resources for students who are struggling or excelling academically, as well as for students who need extra emotional support, White Bear Press reports.

Next Up

unnamed

Walker, The Current announce end of Rock the Garden festival

The Walker Art Center and Minnesota Public Radio announced the festival will retire so the organizations can dream up new events.

Screen Shot 2022-09-28 at 9.05.52 AM

Able Seedhouse + Brewery in NE Minneapolis to close

The brewery and its onsite food truck, Animales Burger Co., will both be open for their last day on Saturday.

Lake Minnetonka

Police investigate spate of car break-ins on south Lake Minnetonka shore

The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department received reports that cars in Shorewood and Excelsior were broken into Tuesday morning.

ambulance

1 dead, 3 injured in crash involving tractor and SUV

The man driving the tractor was killed in the crash.

University of minnesota sign

U of M gives some students 50% off meals for September after complaints

Students have complained about an array of issues surrounding dining halls.

image

Gallery: Sprawling estate near Superior National Forest listed for $2.9M

The property has been in the same family for over 60 years.

Screen Shot 2022-09-27 at 2.51.49 PM

Surgery clinic proposed to replace 111-year-old farmhouse in Eagan

A developer is proposing to transform the remnant farm property.

Hurricane Ian

Why Hurricane Ian could be catastrophic in Florida

Hurricanes are the atmosphere’s biggest show of force and energy, and Hurricane Ian is no exception.

image

Suspect arrested after man and dog shot on St. Paul's East Side

The shooting happened around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday.

MissingBemidjiTeenBCA

Bemidji police appeal to find missing teenager

Tahlia Poitra was last seen Wednesday.

PacoAndLime

Crisp & Green owner launches new chain, with 12 MN locations planned

Steele Brands already owns and operates Crisp & Green and Stalk & Spade.

Related