Property Taxes Increase in More than 50 Minnesota School Districts

Published On: 25th November 2013

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Over 50 school districts in Minnesota have voted for increased property taxes by passing school levies for construction and operating expenses. Six districts saw their voters turn down the measures.

This is a part of some of the tax changes being seen throughout Minnesota in the way of income tax, use tax, estate tax, gift tax, and now property tax.

School districts asked for taxpayer support, despite the fact that the Minnesota Legislature approved $485 million in new funding for education during their last session. However, some school districts are adding rooms onto their buildings in order to make room for more students when the next school year starts. The state now supports all-day kindergarten rather than half-day. Among the districts where voters passed school bond measures were St. Louis Park and Inver Grove Heights.

A large portion of the new funding will not arrive until next year and the purpose is to fund all-day kindergarten. While school officials say they are appreciative of the funding the state will be giving them, it did not eliminate the need for levies.

The Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school district was the largest one with a levy request and voters approved the new operating levy that will provide the district with $30 million in revenue over a 10 year period.

In Eastern Carver County, voters approved a levy that will provide schools with additional school safety and classroom technology. Voters also voted to continue an operating levy that provides the district with $9 million a year.

In Bloomington, voters approved a $60 million capital levy that will pay for security and technology in the classrooms for 10 years. The money is to be used to improve school entrances.

It is expected that districts throughout the metro area will see a lot of structural improvements that will allow for better learning environments and safer schools. Some districts saw renewals, allowing them to continue on the paths that they are on and others saw levies voted down, which means the schools will only have the state funding to rely on and they may not see it until next year.

Other districts increased pupil support, but they voted no on operating levies or construction levies.

Aside from these votes to increase property taxes, property owners throughout Minnesota are seeing decreases in property taxes either due to decreased property values or for other reasons. Those seeing decreases in property taxes which, in some cases, will offset the levy costs to an extent, are those making less than $101,000 per year.

Sources: http://www.minnpost.com/glean/2013/11/more-50-school-districts-say-yes-increased-levies

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/05/education/minn-schools-ask-voters-for-new-funding