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Kimball Area Public Schools Operating Levy Referendum Questions & Answers UNDERSTANDING THE NEED On November 2, 2010, voters in Kimball Area School District #739 will be asked to approve 2 questions for a new, 6-year Operating Levy (NOT new constru year in 2011. , ,r t/ o ap ............... n2-approves ndifi+bf $175 per pupil or about  funding for pupil or about $150,000 in new annual fund- years 2011-12 through 2016-17. (Note: $700 is not your tax increase.) * Spending priorities when Question 1 passes: (necessary to balance budget and keep curriculum current) Replace expiring operating levy Offset yearly revenue shortfall Update curriculum per schedule $235,000 $150,000 $ 50,000 Additional Operating Levy Spending Priorities: Update Computer Labs $50,000 Delayed building maintenance (roof) $19,000 Delayed building maintenance (floor) $85,000 Replace broken activity equipment $10,000 ing for years 2011 - 12 through 2016-17. (Note: $175 is not your tax increase.) * Spending priorities when Question 2 passes: 1. Technology • Computer cart and wireless capability H.S. and Elem. • Server and software updates 2. Curriculum • Elementary reading program 3. Athletics and Activities • Upgrade sound equipment north gym H.S. • Address athletic and activity budget needs for success 4. Repairs and Maintenance • Replace worn flooring at Elem. • Necessary updates to HVAC systems and misc. repairs NOTE: Question I must pass for Question 2 to pass. What are additional future needs? Technology • Business, technology lab and media center com- puters • Classroom computers H.S. and Elem. • E-mail and other servers H.S. and Elem. • Smartboards and printers H.S. and Elem. Curriculum • Reduce tuition charged for every-day kindergarten • Leveled readers for H.S. reading initiative • React to classroom and program budget needs Athletics and Activities • Replace/repair cafetorium sound and light equip- ment • Fence by fire lane extended to building '++? • Expanded weight room for community use Repairs and Maintenance • Driveway maintenance H.S. and Elem. • Exterior door replacement/repair Elem. • Fence upkeep H.S. and Elem. • Painting at H.S. and Elem. NOTE: These needs are not in order of priority. They and others are addressed yearly based on urgency. "+*  '-'+" - +++++l+i+ffential,+.+.++ + Home- Referendum AnnualTax Annual Tax School Proper Estimated Changes to ' Taxes The chart to the right shows tax increases for resi- dential homesteads, apartments, commercial- industrial property and agricultural. NOTE that for an operating levy, the "referendum market value" of Agricultural property includes only the house, ga- rage, and one acre of land. School building levies, on the other hand, include all Agricultural land. This proposed levy is an operating levy. " ........ What is paid in State Equalization Funds? When the operating levy referendum passes, the State of Minnesota will pay a percentage of the cost. They do this because not all districts have the same property wealth and they want to try to "equalize" what communities pay. 85% of Operating Levy paid by Local Taxpayers 15% of Operating Levy paid by State of Minnesota steads, Apartments, Commercial-Indus- trial Property and Agricultural Manet Value $50,000 $75,ooo $100,000 FOR AGRICULTURAL $125,000 PROPERTIES: Only the house, $150,000 garageand one aeof  $175,000 land are included in the referendum of a property. $200,000 : $225,000 $250,000 $275,000 $300,000 + *Listed property types have same tax impact rates. Increase for Increase for Question 1 Question 2 $45 $22 $67 $33 $89 $43 $112 $54 $134 $65 $156 $76 $179 $87 $201 $98 $223 $108 $246 $119 $268 $130 * Finding Referendum Market Value You can call the county you reside in to find your "ref- erendum market value". STFARNS COUNTY: Randy Schreifels, Auditor-Treasurer Ph: 320-656-3900 MEEKER COUNTY: Sharon M. Euerle, Treasurer Ph: 320-693-5345 Prepared and paid for by the "Because Our Kids Matter" committee. 3 20! , co pl figures )roposals. i,I|iWillllilliliSJlllli lill]llllllll':! I;1111 lml IIplillul,:l I i+  [ i 7 +