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ISD 196 School Board to Vote on Requesting an Operating Levy Increase on July 22

Updated: Jul 23, 2019

The ISD 196 (Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan) School Board will vote on a resolution to call for a special election to request an increase to the District's operating levy at its meeting on July 22. If the resolution is approved, the special election is expected to coincide with the general election on November 5, 2019.

Background information about why the District is exploring requesting a levy increase is available here. According to the District, the levy increase is necessary to avoid $18 million in budget cuts over the next two years, and would restore funding for staff that were subject to prior budget cuts. In a survey released in May 2019, 64% of respondents were supportive of a levy increase of $400 per student.

If approved by voters, the levy increase would result in an additional $19 million in funding per year, plus inflationary increases, over the course of 10 years. The increase would have a net property tax impact of $25 per month or $300 per year on the average-value home within the district, which is $286,500. The video below, starting at 1:01:54, contains a report from Superintendent Mary Kreger regarding the proposed levy referendum.

Update: The School Board voted unanimously on July 22 to call for a special election to request an increase to the district's operating levy. The proposed levy increase will appear on the special election ballot this fall. Video of the July 22 meeting is available here.

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