2017 Election Results
Westonka residents went to the polls Nov. 7, 2017, and voted to renew the district's current operating levy for another 10 years (77.34% yes to 22.66% no). This levy provides $1.1 million for day-to-day school and district operating expenses, including teacher salaries, transportation costs, utilities, classroom supplies and other supports to student learning. Thank you to everyone who voted!
Westonka residents also elected four school board members. Incumbents Loren D. Davis and Gary Wollner were re-elected to four-year terms on the board and will be joined by newcomer Brian Carlson. Incumbent Heidi Marty was chosen via special election to fill the remaining two years of one term on the board.
Operating Levy Renewal
Cast your vote on November 7
On November 7, 2017, Westonka residents will be asked to vote on one ballot question to renew an expiring operating levy. This levy provides $1.1 million for day-to-day school and district operating expenses, including teacher salaries, transportation costs, utilities, classroom supplies and other supports to student learning.
If it passes
- Maintain class sizes at current levels
- Continue offering a wide variety of programs
- Preserve the current level of student support & supervision
- Reduce the impact of any future budget cuts
If it fails
- Over $1.1 million in cuts to our current budget, which is equal to about 23 teachers
- This revenue reduction would likely result in larger class sizes, cuts to extracurricular and co-curricular activities and less student support and supervision
A renewal would mean a slight tax decrease
Due to tax base growth, Westonka residents will actually experience a slight decrease in their school property taxes with the renewal of the operating levy.
We, like you, need to live within our means. Although neighboring school districts have recently asked taxpayers to support increases in their operating levies, the Westonka School Board believes (based on current enrollment projections) that our schools can continue delivering excellent educational experiences for all students with our current level of funding.
Due to the tax base growth, Westonka residents would experience tax relief with a renewal of the operating levy on November 7. Assuming all other factors remain the same, taxes would decrease by approximately $2 per year on the average $300,000 home.
2018 Proposed Annual Taxes
A great return on your investment
Westonka has the lowest school taxes in Hennepin County with best-in-nation results.
Even after the passage of a bond referendum in 2016 to build a new community activity center and performing arts center, Westonka continues to have the lowest total school taxes in Hennepin County. Westonka is also consistently ranked among the state’s highest performing school districts—currently ranked as the No. 8 “Best School District” in Minnesota by both SchoolDigger and Niche.