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Continued: A roundup of west metro school board races and school referendums

  • Article by: STAFF REPORTS
  • Last update: October 31, 2013 - 9:00 AM

Seven candidates are running for three seats. They are Sandy Belkengren, John Easterwood, David Lamberger, Peter Toensing, Brenda Biever, Christine Maleck and Tim Pollis. Belkengren, Easterwood and Lamberger are incumbents.


St. Louis Park

Five candidates — Jim Beneke, Christine Johnson, Bruce Richardson, Karen Waters and Jim Yarosh — are vying for three seats open for four-year terms. Richardson and Yarosh are incumbents. Incumbent Ken Morrison is running for the open one two-year term seat.


Three of the district’s seven seats are up for election. The nine candidates are Andrea Cuene, Derek Diesen, Dan Haugen, Sarah Johansen, David A. Lloyd, Chris McCullough, Phil Napier, Bill Pritchard and Ted Victor.


Four candidates — Loren D. David, Gina Smith, Pete Wiechert and Gary W. Wollner — are vying for three seats, each a four-year term.


Ballot questions


The ballot question is whether to revoke an existing capital projects levy of $3 million a year and replace it with one of $6 million a year for 10 years, with the money raised to be spent on safety, security and technology measures. School officials say Question 1 would not result in any property tax increase for the first four years of the 10-year levy due to the district’s current finances. If current conditions persist, the levy would result in a $25 annual tax increase after the fourth year.

Chaska (Eastern Carver County)

Two questions: The first asks voters to renew for 10 years an $874.35 per-pupil levy scheduled to expire at the end of this year. The second proposes a capital projects levy that would raise $2.45 million per year for six years to improve security and technology across the district. For an average $285,000 home, both questions would result in a $135 annual tax impact. But the district stresses that due to other tax deductions set to kick in, the net increase on both questions is $4.

Eden Prairie

Two ballot questions: One proposes revoking the existing operating levy of $1,306 per pupil for a year and replacing it with one of $2,269 per year for 10 years. The second proposes renewing for 10 years the current technology/capital projects levy after it expires at the end of 2014. The median market value of a house in Eden Prairie is $317,850. If Question 1 passes, the tax impact would be $379 per year, or $31.50 per month.


Two ballot questions: One proposes revoking the current levy of $1,901 per pupil per year and replacing it with one of $2,319 for 10 years, generating an additional $3.1 million for school programming and services the first year it is levied. The second asks voters to consider adding a capital projects levy to generate $1.75 million a year for 10 years; it would go for security updates, kitchen improvements and classroom technology updates. For a home with a $300,000 market value, Question 1 would result in a $108 annual tax increase. Question 2 would result in a $58 annual increase. That’s $166 a year, or $14 a month.

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