Springfield School Referendums 31 Oct 13

The Springfield School District is among a handful of local-area schools holding referendum votes on Election Day this coming Tuesday. Springfield area residents will have 2 referendum questions on their ballots. The first will ask to renew the expiring 10-year levy that provides $608 per-pupil. The second question will be for an additional $100 per-pupil for 10 years for new technology initiatives, specifically iPads for Springfield students. Springfield Superintendent Keith Kottke says that the first levy generates around $458,000 for the district annually, while the new levy would bring in another $59,000 each year. He says that changes to school funding from the state will lessen the tax impact on residents as well, with the taxes on a $50,000 home going up by only $1. Election Day is Tuesday, and 3 other local school districts will have referendums on their ballots: Nicollet, Truman and Wabasso. The Belle Plaine, Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart, Central and St. Peter School Districts also have school board elections on Tuesday, and St. Peter has city council and mayoral races taking place as well.