Owatonna Public Schools
July 13, 2020
Two School Funding Requests on November 3 ballot
Last fall, Owatonna residents approved bond funds to build a new high school. This fall, voters will be asked to approve the legally separate funding stream that funds school operations, such as staff, classroom supplies, curriculum, and bus transportation. Bonds can’t be used to support school operations, which is why the majority of Minnesota school districts also have voter-approved operating levies.
The Owatonna School Board unanimously approved placing two school funding requests on the November 3, 2020 ballot: Question one would renew an existing operating levy that is about to expire. Question two would phase-in increases to the operating levy in 2022 and 2025. By phasing in the increase over time, it also phases in the tax impact with no tax increase until 2022. The additional revenue provided if question two is approved would enable the district to maintain quality programming and activities, appropriate class sizes and career-technical education programs, while providing financial stability for the next decade.