2017 Levy Referendum | Vote Nov. 7, 2017

  • At its Aug. 14, 2017 meeting, the Edina School Board voted unanimously to authorize a special election on Tuesday, Nov. 7 for the community to vote on a ballot question for an operating levy.

    The operating levy question seeks to renew the expiring operating levy and increase the district’s local revenue authority to provide needed operating funds for day-to-day expenses such as teachers, curriculum, transportation and utilities. The district’s current voter-approved operating levy, which generates $1,412.46 per pupil or approximately $13 million in local funding for the district, will expire at the end of the 2017-18 school year. The proposed operating levy set forth by the School Board seeks to renew and increase the district’s levy authority in a two-step process over the next 10 years.

    In the first step, for taxes payable in 2018, the district is seeking levy authority of $1857.46 per pupil, an increase of $445 per pupil over the current operating levy. In the second step, for taxes payable in 2020, the levy would increase to $2,075.07 per pupil.

    Each year the levy would be adjusted for inflation according the state inflationary index. If approved, the proposed new referendum revenue authorization would be applicable for a total of 10 years.

    Why a Proposed Levy Renewal and Increase

    Sustain Quality of Educational Programs

    • Attract and retain quality teachers and staff
    • Ensure students have skills needed to be prepared for college, career and life
    • Provide a personalized learning experience for each and every student
    • Remain competitive nationally and internationally

    Maintain Community's Investment

    • Current operating levy of $13.3 million expires June 30, 2018
    • Provides 12% of day-to-day operating budget
2017 Operating Levy: Continuing to Define Excellence