FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 17, 2016
Media Relations Specialist
Minneapolis Board of Education approves resolution to place property tax referendum renewal on Nov. 8 ballot
MINNEAPOLIS – The Minneapolis Board of Education has approved a resolution asking voters to renew an existing property tax referendum of $1,604.31 per student. The renewal decision will go to Minneapolis voters on Nov. 8.
The current property tax referendum, which generates 13 percent of Minneapolis Public Schools’ (MPS’) 2016-17 budget, will expire this year. If approved by voters, the renewal will extend the funding for nine years. Property taxes for most Minneapolis homeowners are not projected to increase if the referendum passes.
MPS relies on referendum resources to manage class sizes and provide supportive services and activities for students. This year, referendum revenue is funding more than 750 positions, including 591 classroom teachers, 82 academic and behavioral specialists and 81 teachers and support staff for English learners. It also funds math, science and literacy curriculum and materials as well as classroom technology.
MPS is committed to using referendum funding to impact student achievement. Resources and information, including the official ballot language, property tax information and links to district budgets, are available at www.mpls.k12.mn.us/referendum2016