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2019 Levy Referendum
On Nov. 5, 2019, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 residents will vote on whether to increase school funding by about $1.7 million. New funding would help the district sustain student support services and educational programming that meets student strengths and needs.
What will be on the ballot?
Voters will decide on one question which, if approved, would revoke two current voter-approved levies and replace them with one levy of $1,900 per pupil or the maximum allowed by state law (levy cap), whichever is less. Doing this would ensure the district receives increased funding as the state increases the levy cap.
Because the proposed levy would replace the district’s existing levies, approval would mean fewer elections would be needed in the future.
Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 5, 2019. Your polling location is based on your residence and may be different from previous elections.
Voters are also able to vote early or by absentee ballot starting on Sept. 20. Early voting can be done by mail or in person at the District 191 offices, 200 W. Burnsville Pkwy in Burnsville, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and until 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4. Learn more at isd191.org/voting.
If Voters Approve the Levy
If approved, this would provide about $1.7 million in new funding for District 191 schools. This funding can be used only for day-to-day operating expenses, including retaining quality staff, maintaining student supports, transportation costs, utilities, classroom supplies and other operating expenses.
The additional funding would help:
- Minimize (but not eliminate) budget cuts moving forward
- Protect wrap-around student support services, including counselors, mental health services and cultural liaisons to support achievement
- Support of the changes we began in 2016-17 to raise achievement for all our students and continue Vision One91
- District will still need to reduce spending to “right size” and respond to lagging state aid and special education cross subsidy
District 191 will host Levy Information Sessions this fall to share information and answer questions from community members. The sessions will take place in different areas throughout the district.
Monday, Oct. 7 — 6:30-8 p.m. at Hidden Valley Elementary School, 13875 Glendale Rd., Savage, MN 55378.
Tuesday, Oct. 8 — 6:30-8 p.m. at Sioux Trail Elementary School, 2801 River Hills Dr., Burnsville, MN 55337.
The District would like to present levy information to community groups. If you are interested in an informational presentation, please submit a presentation request.
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