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 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.
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 district's safety and security systems, generating $1.325 million annually.
- This levy was approved by voters in 2011.
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.
“I believe our school board and our administration has really been fiscally responsible - looking not just at what we need to accomplish today, but where we want to be in the future so that we're always positioned to provide a really engaging and enriching learning environment for our students.”–Jeff Ronneberg, Superintendent of Spring Lake Park Schools
These levy renewals will provide no increase in money for the school district and no increase in taxes for district residents.
The SLP School Board has approved five bond refundings since 2010 that saved district taxpayers more than $13 million.
The district has received the Association of School Business Officials International’s Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting award for 13 consecutive years.
The district hasn't increased the operating levy in 17 years - since 2002.
SLP has an AA2 Moody's financial condition rating. Only six districts in Minnesota have a higher rating.
The district's voter-approved levies are significantly per student below the state average.
The district has one supportive Panther community! Remember to vote on Tuesday, November 5.
“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.
If you have a question:
- Call 763-600-5545
We will respond to your message as soon as possible.
Four presentations for families and community residents to learn more about the levy renewals were held in early October. If you weren't able to attend, click around the levy website to learn more and ask any questions you have.
We will continue to share levy renewal information through Parent Connections, school newsletters and post here on the district’s website.