61 ballot questions ask Minnesota voters for $1.8 billion

It’s not a presidential election year, but the decisions of many Minnesota voters on Tuesday, Nov. 3 will have an immediate impact on family life, finances and education. Dozens of school districts across the state are asking voters to fund $1.8 billion for projects ranging from new school construction to iPad purchases.

ISD 196, Rosemount-Eagan-Apple Valley

7 candidates are running for 4 open seats on the school board, but the headline of Election Day in ISD 196 is a single referendum question asking for $180 million to address security, overcrowding and technology needs.

The referendum would cost the owner of the average-value home in District 196 ($256,000) approximately $12 per month. If approved, the referendum would authorize spending for:

  • A mobile learning device for every student in grades 4-12.
  • A new elementary school to relieve overcrowding in the district.
  • A 3:1 ratio for students in pre-K through grade 3.
  • Building additions to existing elementary schools.
  • Modified school entrances and upgraded security equipment.
  • Improved pedestrian safety and traffic management at 16 problem areas.

More info: http://www.district196.org/bond2015

South Washington County Schools

3 school board seats are on the ballot, along with 3 questions asking for a total of $142.5 million in bonds. If approved, the funding measures would cost the owner of the average-value home in District 833 ($250,000) about $418 per year. The district is seeking funding to:

  • Build a new middle school in Cottage Grove.
  • Build additions to Woodbury High School, East Ridge High School and Park High School.

More info: http://www.sowashco.org/election2015


Half of the school board seats are up for grabs in Minnesota’s largest school district, but only 2 races are contested.