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St. Louis Park Referendum Questions
The school district is looking to raise $14.9 million for capital repairs and improvements to buildings and for additional all-day kindergarten classroom space at Aquila, Susan Lindgren and Peter Hobart elementaries.
Additionally, a 15-year technology levy is set to expire in spring 2015, and the district will ask voters to renew the levy, which funds, infrastructure, equipment and staff, at the cost of roughly $1.75 million per year for the next 15 years.
And an operating referendum seeks to bring in $245.81 per pupil, at a total cost to taxpayers of around $1.1 million.
In total, the tax impact for the owner of a $200,000 home will be about $82 per year, should all three be approved, though the remortgaging of existing school bonds will reduce St. Louis Park residents’ taxes by about $18.Question 1 - Technology levy
Capital Project Levy for $1.75 million annually for 10 years (approximately $17.5 million)
- Renews existing tech levy
- Continues district's 21st Centurt Technology initiatives
- "Revoke" and "approve" ballot question because the district is requesting approval one year early
Question 2 - Bond for buildings
Issues bond for $14.9 million over nine years to build additions at elementary schools:
- Aquila (three classrooms)
- Peter Hobart (three classrooms and a cafeteria)
- Susan Lindgren (three classroom)
- General maintenance—roofs, HVAC, tuckpointing, parking lots, flooring, remodeling at schools and community centers districtwide
Question 3 - Levy for learning
Authorizes $1.1 million annually for ten years.
- Begins fiscal year 2015
- Provides funding for general operations of schools and classrooms (e.g., class size, educational programming)