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Levy Renewal November 5, 2019

On Tuesday, November 5, the Spring Lake Park Schools community will be asked to vote on two no-tax-increase school funding renewals, the Levy for Learning and the Capital Projects Levy.

Question 1 Levy for Learning no-tax-increase renewal

Question 1 is a no-tax-increase renewal of the expiring operating levy, or Levy for Learning.

  • This levy funds teachers and educational support staff positions, generating $1.28 million annually.
  • This levy was first approved by voters in 2002, and was renewed in 2011.
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Question 2 Capital Projects Technology Levy no-tax-increase renewal

Question 2 is a no-tax-increase renewal of the expiring capital projects levy.

  • This levy funds essential technology systems for classrooms, school operations and the districts safety and security systems, generating $1.325 million annually.
  • This levy was approved by voters in 2011.
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Renewal of these levies will allow the district to maintain current programming and ensure ongoing stability in class sizes. By state law, each of these levies must be renewed to keep funding that is already in place. Renewal does not provide any additional funding for our district or raise taxes for residents.

Each levy is an important part of the overall budget. The funds have allowed the district to lower class sizes, provide for innovative, personalized learning and programs, as well as provide for and maintain current and reliable technologies for classrooms, operations and security. 

By the Numbers

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These levy renewals will provide no increase in money for the school district and no increase in taxes for district residents.

$13M

The SLP School Board has approved five bond refundings since 2010 that saved district taxpayers more than $13 million.

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The district has received the Association of School Business Officials International’s Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting award for 13 consecutive years. 

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The district hasn't increased the operating levy in 17 years - since 2002. 

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SLP has an AA2 Moody's financial condition rating. Only six districts in Minnesota have a higher rating.

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The district's voter-approved levies are significantly per student below the state average.

38th

Our district's voter-approved levies rank 38th out of 40 metro school districts for amount of school taxes. We remain well below most districts in voter-approved funding.

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The district has one supportive Panther community! Remember to vote on Tuesday, November 5.

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The school board and district administration have done a fantastic job of managing the district in a fiscally conservative and sound manner, and improving its financial condition.–Joel Sutter, financial consultant with Ehlers, Inc.

Community Presentations

Parents and community residents will have several opportunities to learn more about the levy renewals at presentations this fall. Watch for more information on the date, time and location of these presentations.

In addition, levy renewal information will be shared with parents in each edition of Parent Connections, in school newsletters and posted on the district’s website.

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About the Levies

Learn more about the levy for learning and the capital project/technology levy.

About the Levies

Voting Information

There are a number of ways for residents to vote on or before Tuesday, November 5. 

Voting Information

Questions?

Do you have questions about the levies or Spring Lake Park Schools? We're happy to help answer them. 

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