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UPDATED: School Board Proposes Two Referendum Questions For 2012 Ballot

The current referendum will expire at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

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With the November election nearing—and the memory of the still lingering—the Richfield School Board has put together two ballot questions asking voters for funds this fall.

As proposed, the first asks voters if they would like to renew the existing referendum at $301.40 in per pupil spending. The second asks if voters would support an additional $60 tacked on to that figure if the renewal is approved.

The full per pupil dollar amount does not represent what people would pay additionally in property taxes. Had last year's measure passed, the average increase for homeowners would've been around $119 annually.

If either version of the referedum passes, it wil be in effect for 10 years. The two questions are not final yet. The board will vote on the proposed language at its next meeting on Monday, Aug. 13, according to . Shots of the proposed questions are in the photo box above.

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Elaine Swanson August 08, 2012 at 11:53 AM
If the funding was to go ONLY to reducing class size and adding teaching assistants, I'd vote YES. I have taught in St. Paul schools and Blake School. Thirty one years of experience have given me insight about what makes impact in student learning. A better ratio of students to teachers is the BEST way to increase student achievement. Richfield currently has great technology available in its schools. It needs to focus instead on smaller class size.
Robert August 08, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Regardless of the wording, these referendum's must pass. Our community needs to step up and give the schools what they need.
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) August 08, 2012 at 05:02 PM
If the referendum with the additional $60 were to pass, it is my understanding this would not provide for new activities, teachers or anything like that. According to a recent Sun Current article, the money will combat the inflation that will occur over the life of the referendum.
Kirsten August 08, 2012 at 07:21 PM
I am definitely voting to support the schools this fall! Another failed referendum would be devastating for the schools and the community.
Tina Lavin August 08, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I think it is important to clearly understand what the district is asking for. The first question on the ballot would renew the existing levy, so there would be no changes to the tax amount. The second question asks for a $60 per pupil increase. It works out to be around $20 per year for the average home. That amounts to an increase of around $7 per month for the average Richfield home with most homes under $10 per month. I think the per pupil amount can be confusing and I think it's important to know exactly the monthly tax impact. An increase of $7-10 per month is a small investment in your school and your home's property value. If you want further information be sure to contact the school administration or school board members.
Tina Lavin August 08, 2012 at 11:52 PM
It was just brought to my attention that the tax increase for the average home would actually be around $2 per month at the $20 per year rate. An even better return on the investment.
Mike E August 10, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Didn't the school board get the message last year their referendum did not pass?
joe September 20, 2012 at 06:03 PM
The fact the referendum is scheduled to expire tells me we should let the referendum expire! There is a reason for the time limit. Seems to me the School Board should come up with a new referendum rather than renewing something from 10 years ago and then tacking more money on to it. It feels like the School Board is taking this renewal for granted. Are they entitled to this money? I don't think so. I'd like to see where they're spending all this money and why we're not seeing good results.
joe September 20, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Hi Tina. You write to renew the existy levy would mean no changes to the tax amount. I agree. However, doesn't it make sense that if we did not renew the levy, taxes would go DOWN.

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