One-third of school districts plan to ask voters for operating levies

That's the most in 10 years. The AP says districts are becoming more dependent on local taxpayers as inflation outpaces state funding.
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That's the most in 10 years. The AP says districts are becoming more dependent on local taxpayers as inflation outpaces state funding.

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St. Paul schools chief seeks levy increase

St. Paul schools Superintendent Valeria Silva wants to ask voters for extra money in November. She proposes renewing an existing schools levy -- and raising it. A current levy has brought in about $30 million a year since 2006. The proposed raise would amount to an extra $65 a year on a $149,000 home, the median value in the district this year.

School levy increase approved in St. Paul

A $39 million levy proposal was approved for schools in St. Paul over the next eight years with more than 60 percent of the vote. The measure includes the renewal of a previous $30 million levy and and additional $9 million for technology upgrades.

Republican lawmaker seeks to limit school levy votes to election years

House Education Finance Committee chair Pat Garofalo says he will push a bill next session to require levy referendums to come only in general elections when more voters go to the polls. Garofalo says during off-year elections, more than 70 percent of referendums pass. That rate falls to 52 percent in election years.