The first ballot question requests an increase in the district’s operating levy, which pays for day-to-day learning and instructional needs. If approved by voters, it would provide an additional $7 million annually for the district to use on priorities such as individualized learning, academic interventions, scholar mental health needs and other critical classroom supports. The impact on the average homeowner ($250,000 value home) would be about $7/month.
Voters will see the question presented on their ballot in the following way:
School District Question 1
Revoking Existing Referendum Revenue Authorization;
Approving New Authorization
The board of Independent School District No. 279 (Osseo Area Schools), Minnesota has proposed to revoke the School District’s existing referendum revenue authorization of $1,650.53 per pupil, scheduled to expire after taxes payable in 2023, and replace that authorization with a new authorization of $2,010.00 per pupil, subject to an annual increase at the rate of inflation. The proposed referendum revenue authorization would be first levied in 2022 for taxes payable in 2023 and applicable for ten (10) years unless otherwise revoked or reduced as provided by law.
Shall the revocation of the existing referendum authorization and the new authorization proposed by the board of Independent School District No. 279 (Osseo Area Schools), Minnesota be approved? YES or NO
BY VOTING “YES” ON THIS BALLOT QUESTION, YOU ARE VOTING FOR A PROPERTY TAX INCREASE