On November 3, 2020, Owatonna School District residents will be asked to vote on two school funding requests:
Q1 - Renew. Requests a straight renewal of the district’s existing operating levy which is about to expire. Operating levies provide critical funding for classrooms, instruction and other operating costs.
Q2 - Reinvest. Requests a phased-in increase to the district’s 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. Q2 is contingent and can only pass if voters first approve Q1.
The School Board’s unanimous decision was for a shared approach, that combines budget cuts on the district side … and a request to voters to increase the operating levy on the community side.