Capital Projects Levy/Referendum Information


Community Meetings are being held the week of September 13th at the following locations: Please attend one of them for further information regarding the revoking and replacing of current referendum's.


                                Wednesday, September 15th, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. - Truman Public School Library

Thursday, September 16th, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. - Lewisville Fire Hall


Absentee ballots are available on September 17th in the Truman Public School office. Please contact the office by phone: 507-776-2111, e-mail: office@truman.k12.mn.us or in person to request an absentee ballot. This is for those that wish to vote, but that will be out of the area on November 2nd. Thank you.





Member Debbie Neitzke introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption:


RESOLUTION CALLING SPECIAL ELECTION 

REGARDING THE SCHOOL DISTRICT’S GENERAL EDUCATION

REVENUE AND CAPITAL PROJECTS LEVY 


BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of Independent School District No. 458, Truman Public School District, State of Minnesota, as follows:


  1. The School Board hereby determines and declares that it is necessary and expedient for the School District to renew and consolidate four of its existing referendum revenue authorizations.  The School Board therefore proposes to revoke its existing referendum revenue of $423.53 per adjusted pupil unit, which expires after taxes payable in 2022; of $498.66 per adjusted pupil unit, which expires after taxes payable in 2025; $204.58 per adjusted pupil unit, which expires after taxes payable in 2029; and $128.72 per adjusted pupil unit, which expires after taxes payable in 2030; and replace these four authorizations with a new single authorization of $1,255.49 per adjusted pupil unit, which is equal to the sum of the revoked authorizations.  The revenue will be used to finance school operations.  The proposed referendum revenue authorization would be effective beginning with taxes payable in 2022 and would be applicable for ten (10) years unless otherwise revoked or reduced as provided by law.  The question of renewing and consolidating the general education revenue of the District shall be submitted to the qualified electors of the District as School District Question 1 on the School District ballot at the special election held to approve said authorization.


  1. The School Board hereby determines and declares that it is necessary and expedient for the School District to renew its expiring capital projects levy authorization by revoking its current capital project levy authorization of 2.358% times the net tax capacity of the school district, which authorization expires after taxes payable in 2023, and replacing that authorization with a new capital project levy authorization of 1.957% times the net tax capacity of the school district, which authorization would begin with taxes payable in 2022.  The renewed capital levy authorization will raise approximately $125,000 for taxes payable in 2022, the first year it is to be levied, and would be applicable for ten (10) years.  The estimated total cost of the projects to be funded over that time period is approximately $1,250,000.  The money raised by the capital project levy authorization will be used to cover costs related to maintenance projects at various sites and facilities and the purchase and deployment of student and staff technology. The project or projects provided for by this authorization are estimated to commence no more than five (5) years from the date of the special election authorizing the approval of the capital project levy authorization. The question of renewing this capital project levy authorization shall be submitted to the qualified electors of the District as School District Question 2 on the School District ballot at the special election held to approve said authorization.


  1. Because the School District does not have a capital loan outstanding, and because the estimated total cost of the projects to be funded by the capital project levy authorization does not exceed $2,000,000 per school site, the projects to be funded by the capital project levy authorization are not subject to review and comment by the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education.


  1. The questions of revoking and replacing the general education revenue of the district and renewing the expiring capital project levy authorization shall be submitted to the qualified electors of the District at a special election, which is hereby called and directed to be held on Tuesday, the 2nd day of November, 2021, between the hours of 7:00 o’clock a.m. and 8:00 o’clock p.m.


  1. The School District combined polling places and the precincts served by those polling places, as previously established and designated by School Board resolution for School District elections when no other election is being held in the School District, are hereby designated for use in this special election.


  1. The clerk is hereby authorized and directed to cause written notice of said special election to be provided to the County Auditor of each county in which the School District is located, in whole or in part, and to the Commissioner of Education, at least seventy-four (74) days before the date of said election.  The notices shall specify the date of said special election and the title and language of the ballot question to be voted on at said special election.


The clerk is hereby authorized and directed to cause a notice of election to be mailed to each taxpayer in the district at least fifteen (15) but no more than forty-five (45) days prior to the date of the special election.  The notice shall contain the required projections and the required statement specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 126C.17, subdivision 9, paragraph (b).  The clerk is also directed to cause a copy of this notice to be submitted to the Commissioner of Education and to the county auditor of each county in which the School District is located in whole or in part at least fifteen (15) days prior to the day of the election.


The clerk is hereby authorized and directed to cause notice of said special election to be published in the official newspaper of the district, for two (2) consecutive weeks with the last publication being at least one (1) week before the date of the election.  


The clerk is hereby authorized and directed to cause notice of said special election to be posted at the administrative offices of the School District at least ten (10) days before the date of said special election.  


The notice of election so posted and published shall state the time of the election, the location of each polling place, and the question to be submitted to the voters as set forth in the form of ballot below.  


The clerk is hereby authorized and directed to cause a sample ballot to be posted at the administrative offices of the School District at least four (4) days before the date of said special election and to cause two (2) sample ballots to be posted in each polling place on election day.  


  1. The clerk is authorized and directed to acquire and distribute such election materials and to take such other actions as may be necessary for the proper conduct of this special election.  The clerk is further authorized and directed to cooperate with the proper election authorities to cause ballots to be prepared for use at said election in substantially the following form, with such changes in form and instructions as may be necessary to accommodate the use of an optical scan voting system or comply with applicable ballot preparation rules:


SPECIAL ELECTION BALLOT

SCHOOL DISTRICT BALLOT

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 458

TRUMAN PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT

NOVEMBER 2, 2021

 


INSTRUCTIONS TO VOTERS

To vote, completely fill in the oval(s) next to your choice(s) like this:  


 

SCHOOL DISTRICT QUESTIONS


 

To vote for a question, fill in the oval next to the word “YES” for that question.

To vote against a question, fill in the oval next to the word “NO” for that question.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT QUESTION ONE

 






REVOKING EXISTING REFERENDUM REVENUE AUTHORIZATION; APPROVING NEW REFERENDUM REVENUE AUTHORIZATION


The Board of Independent School District No. 458, Truman, has proposed to revoke the following four existing referendum revenue authorizations, and replace those authorizations with a new authorization of $1,255.49 per adjusted pupil unit, which is equal to the sum of the revoked authorizations:

  • $423.53 per pupil, which expires after taxes payable in 2022;

  • $498.66 per pupil, which expires after taxes payable in 2025; 

  • $204.58 per pupil, which expires after taxes payable in 2029; and 

  • $128.72 per pupil, which expires after taxes payable in 2030.

The proposed referendum revenue authorization would be effective beginning with taxes payable in 2022 and would be applicable for ten (10) years unless otherwise revoked or reduced as provided by law.


    YES

Shall the revocation of these existing referendum revenue authorizations and replacement by the referendum revenue authorization proposed by the board of Independent School District No. 458 be approved?

               NO


BY VOTING "YES" ON THIS BALLOT QUESTION, YOU ARE VOTING TO EXTEND AN EXISTING PROPERTY TAX REFERENDUM THAT IS SCHEDULED TO EXPIRE.

 


SCHOOL DISTRICT BALLOT QUESTION TWO

 


REVOKING EXPIRING CAPITAL PROJECT LEVY AUTHORIZATION; APPROVING NEW CAPITAL PROJECT LEVY AUTHORIZATION


The Board of Independent School District No. 458, Truman Public Schools, has proposed to revoke its existing capital project levy authorization of 2.358% times the net tax capacity of the school district, which levy expires after taxes payable in 2023.  The Board has further proposed to replace that revoked authorization with a new authorization of 1.957% times the net tax capacity of the school district.  The capital levy authorization will raise approximately $125,000 for taxes payable in 2022, the first year it is to be levied, and would be applicable for ten (10) years.  The money raised by the capital project levy authorization will be used to cover costs related to maintenance projects at various sites and facilities and the purchase and deployment of student and staff technology.  The estimated total cost of the projects to be funded over that time period is approximately $1,250,000. The projects are not required to receive a review and comment from the Commissioner of Education. The projects provided for by this authorization are estimated to commence no more than five (5) years from the date of the special election authorizing the approval of the capital project levy authorization.    


    YES

Shall the renewal of the capital projects levy authorization proposed by the Board of Independent School District No. 458 be approved? 


               NO


BY VOTING "YES" ON THIS BALLOT QUESTION, YOU ARE VOTING TO EXTEND AN EXISTING PROPERTY TAX REFERENDUM THAT IS SCHEDULED TO EXPIRE.

 

  1. Optical scan ballots must be printed in black ink on white material, except that marks not to be read by the automatic tabulating equipment may be printed on another color ink.  The name of the precinct and machine-readable identification must be printed on each ballot card.  Voting instructions must be printed at the top of the ballot card on each side that includes ballot information.  The instructions must include an illustration of the proper mark to be used to indicate a vote.  Lines for initials of at least two election judges must be printed on one side of the ballot card so that the judges’ initials are visible when the ballots are enclosed in a secrecy sleeve.


  1. If the school district will be contracting to print the ballots for this special election, the clerk is hereby authorized and directed to prepare instructions to the printer for layout of the ballot.  Before a contract exceeding $1,000 is awarded for printing ballots, the printer shall, if requested by the election official, furnish, in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, Section 204D.04, sufficient bond, letter of credit, or certified check acceptable to the clerk in an amount not less than $1,000 conditioned on printing the ballots in conformity with the Minnesota election law and the instructions delivered.  The clerk shall set the amount of the bond, letter of credit, or certified check in an amount equal to the value of the purchase.  


  1. The School District clerk shall make all Campaign Financial Reports required to be filed with the School District under Minnesota Statutes, Section 211A.02, available on the School District’s website.  The clerk must post the report on the School District’s website as soon as possible, but no later than thirty (30) days after the date of the receipt of the report.  The School District must make a report available on the School District’s website for four years from the date the report was posted to the website.  The clerk must also provide the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board with a link to the section of the website where reports are made available.


  1. The individuals designated as election judges for this special election shall conduct said election in the manner described by law.  The election judges shall act as clerks of election, count the ballots cast and submit the results to the school board for canvass in the manner provided for other School District elections.  


  1. If the capital project levy authorization proposed in School District Question 2 is approved, a capital project referendum account shall be created as a separate account in its general fund or its building construction fund.  All proceeds from the capital project levy must be deposited in the capital project referendum account in the District’s general fund.  Any portion of the proceeds to be used for building construction must be transferred to the capital project referendum account in the District’s building construction fund.  Interest income attributable to the capital project referendum account must be credited to the account.  Money in the capital project referendum account must be used only for the costs of carrying out the approved projects, but may be accumulated and expended by Resolution of the School Board.  If the referendum addresses only technology, the Board hereby resolves that funds approved by the voters will be used only as authorized in section 126C.10, subdivision 14.  Any funds remaining in the capital project referendum account that are not applied to the payment of the costs of the approved project before its final completion must be transferred to the District’s debt redemption fund.


  1. The School District clerk is hereby authorized and directed to take all necessary actions to ensure that this election is properly submitted to the electorate of the School District.  



The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Paula Heckman and upon vote being taken thereon the following voted in favor thereof:

Paula Heckman, Debbie Neitzke, Kenna Krahmer, Jeff Nauman, Mike Pfeil


ABSENT:  James Farnum



And the following voted against the same:  (0) zero



whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted on August 10, 2021 by the Truman Public School Board.


RRM: #410490


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