$200M for Minnesota schools now out of voters' hands

Matthew Zalaznick's picture
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Minnesota taxpayers no longer have direct control over more than $200 million worth of school levies they approved because of a shift in tax authority designed to give school districts more-reliable revenue sources.

Changes in the latest education funding bill approved by the 2013 Legislature gave school districts the power to convert up to $724 per pupil of existing tax levies from voters' approval to school board members' control.

In districts with no voter-approved property tax, school board members can levy up to $300 per pupil without a vote by residents.

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