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District property tax levy will increase for next year

The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education approved a preliminary annual operating levy on Sept. 24 that will locally raise about $39 million for the 2016-17 school year. The levy will provide about 20 percent of the district's total revenue. School districts receive most of their revenue from the State of Minnesota.

This year’s operating levy raised $34.8 million. The increase of $4.1 million in 2016 is primarily due to a 10-year technology levy and a 20-year building bond approved by voters in February for Vision One91, the district’s redesign plan to meet the needs of today’s learners and ensure each student is real-world ready.

The effect of the school district's levy will vary for property owners depending upon property values. Property owners will receive tax statements from their county in November with details of their specific situations.

The district’s annual Truth in Taxation hearing will take place during the regular school board meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Senior Campus commons (upper level) of Diamondhead Education Center, 200 West Burnsville Parkway. This is an opportunity to learn more about the district’s budget and annual operating levy and to ask questions.

By Dec. 31, the school board must approve a final property tax levy which is the first step in the budgeting process for the 2016-17 school year.

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Posted: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 11:32