Voting time is here for Alexandria Public Schools.
The school district is proposing a 10-year, voter-approved operating levy with a phased-in approach where the amount taxpayers would pay would increase incrementally over the first three years.
If the referendum passes, the district says it would be able to maintain or reduce class sizes, continue with specialist teachers, expand mental health support and maintain or expand authentic work experiences at the middle and high school.
The levy is for $375 per student in the 2020-21 school year, $485 per student in the 2021-22 school year and $595 per student for the remainder of the 10-year period, starting in the 2022-23 school year.
Similarly, the tax impact for property owners would also be phased in over time. The first year of the operating levy would amount to approximately $117 per year for the owner of a $220,000 home, which is the average home value in the district. In year two, the owners of that average home would pay $151 a year, or about $34 more than the first year. It rises another $34 for the third year, to $185, and remains at that rate through year 10.
Agricultural property and seasonal recreational property are affected a bit differently. Farmers would pay a tax for their homestead land, plus one acre. Any land they own more than one acre would not be subject to the tax.
Seasonal recreational property, such as a cabin that is only used in the summer, would not be subject to taxes from this operating levy.
Where to vote
Early voting has been open at the Woodland Elementary Building district office at 1410 S. McKay Ave., with extended hours offered Monday, Nov. 4, from 7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
On Election Day, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations:
Lake Community Church, 490 Voyager Drive (Ward 1, Precincts 1 and 2, City of Alexandria)
Reach Church (formerly known as Living Waters Church), 1310 N. Nokomis (Ward 2, City of Alexandria)
New Life Christian Church, 1910 County Road 82 SE (Ward 3, City of Alexandria)
Cornerstone Church, 202 7th Ave. E., Alexandria (Ward 4, City of Alexandria)
Alexandria City Hall, 704 Broadway (Ward 5, Precincts 1 and 2, City of Alexandria)
LaGrand Town Hall, 501 Town Hall Road NW, Alexandria (LaGrand Township)
Ida Town Hall, 4700 County Road 6 NW, Garfield (City of Garfield, and Brandon, Ida, Leaf Valley and Moe townships)
Miltona Community Center, 5590 County Road 14 NE (City of Miltona, and Miltona and Spruce Hill townships)
Carlos Town Hall, 210 Victoria Ave., Carlos (City of Carlos, and Belle River and Carlos townships)
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2702 Highway 29 N., Alexandria (City of Nelson, and Alexandria and Osakis townships)
Forada City Fire Hall, 10991 Tobys Ave. SE, Alexandria (City of Forada and Hudson Township)
Lake Mary Town Hall, 4791 County Road 4 SW, Alexandria (Holmes City, Lake Mary and Reno townships)
To find your specific polling location, go to the state’s pollfinder website at pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us.
District residents who are not registered may register at the polls on Nov. 5, when they vote.
For questions, call 320-762-2141, ext. 4223, or email email@example.com. More information, along with a property tax impact calculator, can be found on the district’s referendum website, alexschools.org/referendum.