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Fewer school districts planning on asking taxpayers for more money this fall

Posted by: Kim McGuire Updated: August 26, 2014 - 2:53 PM

Very few Minnesota school districts plan on asking voters for more money this fall, according to a survey by the Minnesota School Boards Association.

Thirty three school districts have plans to ask for operating levies in November, according to the survey in which 72 percent of all school districts responded. Twenty five districts plan on asking voters to approve building bonds or capital project levies.

The 33 levy requests would be one of the lowest in two decades – in 1996 there were 37 requests. In 2012, just 40. In 18 of the past 20 years, there were at least 50 districts asking for operating levy help.

MSBA staff said the state's decision to fund all-day kindergarten and some other recent state funding changes as possible reasons for the expected low turnout this fall.

In 2011, 114 school districts held referendums, an all-time high.

Some of the metro-area school districts that plan seeking taxpayer approve this fall include Eden Prairie, Waconia, Robbinsdale, Columbia Heights, and Centennial.

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