Partial Decision on School Levy Referendum Possible Next Month
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Rochester School Board met Tuesday evening to continue discussing the possibility of asking voters to approve a property tax increase this fall.
During an appearance Wednesday morning on the Rochester Today Show with Tracy McCray and Andy Brownell on KROC-AM, Superintendent Michael Munoz indicated the board is considering moving up a decision on whether to schedule a referendum in November at the request of supportive citizens seeking to organize a promotional campaign. He says there was discussion Tuesday of holding a vote next month on a resolution calling for an operating levy referendum, while waiting until August to decide how large of a tax increase to request.
Munoz says the school district is currently planning to conduct another survey this summer in an effort to provide the school board with additional information before making that decision, and deciding whether voters should also be asked to approve a special technology levy.
An earlier survey found the majority of school district voters, after they were provided with information about the school system’s budget problems, express support for a modest property tax increase.