Many MN Schools Holding Referendums 04 Nov 11

About one-third of the school districts in the state will be going to their voters for some sort of help next week. A total of 113 Minnesota school districts want more property taxes to pay everyday expenses, 10 of them in the local area. Twenty districts are asking for authority to raise money for capital spending such as buildings. About half of the districts are asking to renew levies, including 3 in the local area, so voters wouldn’t see an increase in their property tax bills. But other voters would see increases to their taxes if new levies are approved. School officials say they need more money from local property taxes because state per-pupil funding hasn’t kept up with inflation since 2003. KNUJ will have your complete local election coverage Tuesday night. Local districts with referendum questions include: New Ulm, GFW, Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton, Le Sueur-Henderson, Madelia, Nicollet, Sibley East, St. Peter, Sleepy Eye, Truman, Waseca, Cedar Mountain, Glencoe-Silver Lake & Redwood Valley.