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Minnesota School Districts Working for Equitable, Adequate and Sustainable Education Funding.
Local Taxpayer Cost for the District's School Levy
Local Option Revenue
(Pay 16 for the 2016-17 School Year)
The annual cost to the local taxpayer for a school levy dollar varies greatly across the state. School districts with high levels of property wealth have a distinct advantage in passing school levies because the larger property tax base, usually including significant commercial and industrial property, lowers the tax burden for the local homeowner and business owner.
When the cost is high, low property wealth communities are unable to support higher value school levies, which results in reduced funding and loss of educational opportunities for the children in these districts. The quality of a child's education should not be dependent on where they live!
Note: The school levy includes any revenue from the $300 board-approved levy and voter-approved school referendum. Board-approved local option revenue is also included. All this revenue is from local property taxes and dedicated to the district's general education funding