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Voters Approve 2013 Education Levy Questions


Education levy to address class size, update curriculum, raise student achievement

    The previous education levy was approved by voters in 2008, generating $4.4 million in local revenue for schools.  It was scheduled to expire in 2014 and renewal was impacted by new school funding legislation:

·  New legislation renews about $1.9 million of this levy through a location equity allowance (LEA) put in place by the State this spring.

·  The remaining $2.5 million was renewed by a public vote November 5.  The  LEA and levy renewal combined do not increase property taxes.  Through new legislation, the Board could have approved the remaining $2.5 million levy without a public vote but opted not to use that authority.  

·  Renewing the levy qualifies Duluth for an additional $1.1 million in State education funds.

First Question:  Voters were asked if the current education levy should be renewed.

·        Passage of the First Question qualifies Duluth’s schools for $1.1 million in additional State funding.  Funds support the community vision and priorities identified through the Think Kids initiative and 4- Year Continuous Improvement Plan:

Ø  Help address class size “hot spots” and avoid increasing class sizes.

Ø  Continue to fund current strategies to address the achievement gap.

Ø  Move forward with necessary updates to curriculum.

·        Passage of the First Question extends an existing levy and is not a property tax increase.


Second Question:  Voters were then asked if local education funding should increase by $1.8 million.   

·      Passage adds additional funds to:

Ø  Help reduce class size at all levels

Ø  Provide additional strategies to increase student achievement and reduce the achievement gap

Ø  Allow investment in innovative science curriculum

·        Passage of Second Question results in a property tax increase:

$125,000 Home:        $3.15/Mo  
$150,000 Home:        $3.78/Mo  
$200,000 Home:        $5.04/Mo  
$250,000 Home:        $6.30/Mo  

This is a five-year levy.  Voters begin to pay for the levy in 2014.

Ballot Language  Ballot language is determined by Minnesota Statute.


Prepared and paid for by ISD 709, 215 N. First Avenue East Duluth, MN 55802. This publication is circulated to apprise voters of facts pertinent to the referendum proposal. This publication is not circulated on behalf of any candidate or ballot question.