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.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

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.

Next Up

Twin Cities Pride 3

Twin Cities Pride is going ahead in July this year – but no parade

The in-person event will be held in Loring Park in Minneapolis.

Screen Shot 2021-05-14 at 12.27.58 PM

Rejuvenation, Williams-Sonoma's furniture brand, to open first MN location

It is moving into the former Restoration Hardware unit at the Galleria in Edina.

police lights

Charges: Driver pulled alongside, shot at motorist on I-35

The man is charged with second-degree assault.

classroom

7th Minnesota school employee dies from COVID-19

The death was confirmed by the health department.

duluth lighthouse

Want a lighthouse? The U.S. Coast Guard is giving one away in Duluth

Federal, state and local agencies, as well as some nonprofits are eligible to take over the lighthouses for free.

Pexels - newborn baby blanket

Henry continues its run as MN's most popular baby name

The state's 100 most popular baby names were revealed this week.

Related

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.

Lawmaker wants levy votes on even years

Rep. Pat Garafalo, R-Farmington, says too many school districts vote on levy funding in odd-year elections when turnout is considerably lower without federal or statewide races. Garafalo argues small groups dictating policy is not ideal.

Brooklyn Center schools trying again to get levy passed

Eight times in six years Brooklyn Center voters have rejected additional tax levies for schools. District officials hope the ninth vote will have a different outcome. If not, they face $600,000 in cuts.

Tax levy hikes expected on both sides of river

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman says he'll propose to increase the city's property tax levy by about 2 percent. Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak's spokesman says he's aiming for a tax levy increase of less than 3 percent.

More than 100 school districts appeal to voters for nearly $1B worth of levies

More than 100 schools across the state appealed ?to voters in levy elections. While some are seeking funds to help expand or develop programs, other districts are calling them 'survival levies' and say layoffs and program cuts are certain if they aren't passed.

Voters approve many school district's existing levies but turn down new requests

MPR reports voters across Minnesota approved about 7 out of 10 school referenda. Voters approved renewals almost unanimously, but districts didn't fare quite as well with requests for new money.

St. Paul schools outsource recess

The district has hired a private company to supervise children during recess at seven elementary schools.