Mounds View has two voter-approved levies that have kept class sizes stable and programs in place for more than a decade. Voters have renewed each levy with no tax increase. Next year, one of the levies is expiring, and schools will lose $7 million from the revenue it provides.
At the August 20 School Board meeting, the Board approved a ballot question that proposes to combine the two levies and add an increase that also accounts for inflation. This is the first time in 13 years the District is requesting an operating levy increase. By combining the levies into a single 10-year levy, the District intends to avoid levy-renewal voter fatigue and to consider voter-approved levy requests, “Done for a Decade.” If successful, the levy request would provide $12 million annually in additional revenue and represent a monthly tax increase of $28 for owners of a median-valued home in the District.
If unsuccessful, class sizes will rise and programs will be cut. More information will be provided to all community members this fall in advance of Election Day. Learn more here.