The investment of the proposed plan
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An average homeowner in the district equals $200,000. 

Question 1

If question 1 is approved, the tax impact on an average homeowner would be about $13 a month. 

Question 1 and 2

If both questions are approved the tax impact on an average homeowner would be about $18 a month. 

Ag2School Tax Credit

Are you an agricultural landowner?

Here’s what you should know about the State of Minnesota’s Ag2School tax credit: 

  • Ag2School is a 60% tax credit provided to all agricultural property except the house, garage, and one acre surrounding the agricultural homestead. This is not a tax deduction – it’s a dollar-for-dollar credit and is an automatic tax credit paid directly by the state with no application required.

  • By law, the tax credit is scheduled to increase to 70% by 2023 and remain at 70% for the life of the bond.

What is the investment of the plan?

Question one requests a total of $55.24 million and question two requests a total of $12.935 million. Question two is contingent on the successful passage of question one. 

Breaking down the costs of question one

The proposed plan addressed educational improvements, physical conditions needs, and activities areas. Within question one, here's where those costs are being used:

  • 45% = Educational improvements (classrooms, CTE, Special Education)
  • 21% = Physical conditions (safety, air quality, deferred maintenance) 
  • 28% = Activities and athletics areas (gyms, weight room, etc.) 
  • 6% = Other district-wide improvements (storm shelter, etc.)

 

Why did the School Board move forward with a referendum?

  • The School Board carefully considered when to propose a plan to community voters, especially with the challenges we’ve experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our School Board postponed the May 2020 referendum to best support our communities. However, our facility needs remain — the same needs identified from the Community Task Force in 2013.

  • Expanding our district’s Career Academies could enhance our relationships with local businesses who have created internship opportunities for students interested in a variety of pathways we offer including IT, digital media, etc. Pathways our district will be able to offer include engineering, business management, health sciences, and more. Every Tiger has their own stripes, and we encourage all students to embrace their own.

  • If approved by voters, the project will be undertaken by construction workers who will be working in our community for extended time periods, which may have positive effects on the local economy.

Can't the district use federal stimulus dollars for these improvements?

Federal stimulus dollars (ESSER funding) provided by Congress will help us manage unexpected costs due to COVID-19 and stabilize our operating budget. However, this funding does not cover the long-term facilities improvements proposed in this referendum. Here's how we've spent past stimulus dollars and how we plan to spend our future allocated stimulus dollars: 

2020 - 2021: $1.4 million 

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Tiered busing to reduce number of students on buses
  • Technology for our youngest learners to connect during distance learning
  • Additional teaching staff to reduce class sizes and provide distance learning opportunities as well as staffing for childcare
  • Additional health staff to assist with requirements instilled by the MN Department of Health and CDC guidelines
  • Additional custodial staff to assist in increased cleaning protocols
  • Supplies to address advanced sanitation practices and to maintain distance between students and staff
  • Additional staff training and planning time

2021 - 2022 ESSER II: $1.2 million

  • Maintain additional health office staff
  • Maintain smaller class sizes within our parameters and to offset normal staffing reductions
  • Robust Summer School programming to address learning loss
  • Summer School busing
  • Preschool Summer School
  • Child care staffing
  • Mental health programming

2021 - 2024 ESSER III: $2.7 million

  • Maintain staffing and additional health staff
  • Provide robust Summer School programming and busing for summer 2022
  • Provide mental health programming and staff training