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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



The ballot question proposes revoking the current levy of $1,462 per pupil per year and replacing it with one of $1,862 per pupil for 10 years. For the owner of a $300,000 home in Orono, the tax impact would be $125 a year or $10.42 a month. 


Voters will decide two ballot questions. The first would propose revoking the district’s existing operating levy of $1,535 per pupil and replacing it with a new authorization of $1,989 per pupil that would provide an additional $9 million per year for the next 10 years. The second question proposes $5 million per year for 10 years for technology improvements. For a home with a $300,000 market value, Question 1 would result in a $257 annual tax increase. Question 2 would result in a $125 annual tax increase.


Two ballot questions: The first proposes to renew an existing capital projects levy that had been set to expire this year to raise $13.4 million over 10 years for technology and equipment. The second question, which could only pass if the first one were approved, authorizes raising $9.2 million over 10 years for capital projects. The owner of an average $164,000 Richfield home would see an annual tax increase of $44 a year, or $3.67 a month, if Question 2 passes. Voters must approve Question 1 in order for Question 2 to pass. 

St. Louis Park

Three ballot questions: The first proposes renewing an existing technology levy of $1.75 million annually for 10 years. The second proposes raising $14.9 million over nine years to add space at Aquila, Peter Hobart and Susan Lindgren elementary schools, as well as other building projects. The third would raise $1.1 million annually for 10 years, beginning in fiscal year 2015, to fund general operations that affect things such as class size and educational programming. An average St. Louis Park home is valued at $200,000. Question 1 would result in a $15 tax increase. Question 2 would result in a $18 tax increase. Question 3 would result in a $49 tax increase. That’s a total of $82 annually or $6.83 a month.

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