Springfield, Nicollet districts hold referendums today
Springfield and Nicollet school district voters will decide the fate of revenue referendums today.
Springfield voters will act on two ballot questions. The first question is whether to renew an existing $608.10 per pupil revenue authorization that provides $457,000 in annual revenue that is set to expire at the end of the academic school year. Renewing the existing levy would allow the district to continue educational programming without raising taxes.
The second question seeks to add another $100 per pupil unit for 10 years. It would generate an additional $59,169 in annual revenue to be used to enhance technology for enhanced student learning. The levy would raise taxes on a home valued at $100,000 by three dollars a year.
Voting takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at a combined polling place, the Springfield Community Center, 33 Cass Ave. South.
Nicollet voters will act on a proposed three-year, $450 per pupil unit referendum that would increase annual taxes on a home with a $100,000 estimated market value by $108, or nine dollars a month, until calendar year 2017.
The Nicollet district already has a $1,100 per pupil unit operating levy that will expire in 2017.
The referendum is sought to add several class options for Nicollet students and avoid further cuts. The school board recently approved a 10 percent district-wide cut.