The Sleepy Eye School Board approved a new $300 per-pupil tax levy this week. The Minnesota Legislature amended the state’s operating referendum program this year to give all school boards the authority to set the first $300 of tax revenue per-pupil without a public referendum vote. School boards now only need to ask voters for a referendum above that $300 per-pupil if they want additional revenue. Sleepy Eye’s District 84 has no other tax levy referendums in place at this time. The new referendum will raise the annual taxes on a home worth $100,000 by approximately $34. It will generate about $180,000 a year for the Sleepy Eye School District.