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Residents to Vote Nov. 5 on Operating Levy Increase
Borg Report September 20, 2019
We are grateful for local support of Westonka Public Schools, which has brought positive growth, recognition and success to our students and community.
On Nov. 5, 2019, Westonka residents will be asked to vote on a single ballot question to revoke the three voter-approved operating levies currently in place and replace them with a single, 10-year levy with a tiered payment structure. Please watch the below video to learn more about the levy request.
School districts regularly rely on voter-approved operating funds to help close the gap created by state and federal funding shortages. Operating levies provide funds for day-to-day operating expenses, including teacher salaries, transportation, utilities, classroom supplies, mental health services, and other supports to student learning.
The new levy will provide 10 years of stable funds that will allow Westonka to remain competitive with neighboring school districts. We believe strong educational performance is imperative to retain demand, especially in a state with open enrollment. Westonka carefully balances costs with a curriculum that challenges each and every student.
As residents know, taxes within the Westonka School District are the lowest in Hennepin County. That is forecast to remain the same even with the passage of this levy. This is a notable fact, especially when compared to the quality of education being delivered to our students. Overall, Westonka students rank second in the state in math and seventh in the state in reading on 2019 state assessments.
Having top-in-state academics and the lowest taxes in the county doesn’t just happen. It takes a commitment to student success and to being responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars. The Westonka School Board only brings requests to the community when they feel something is truly needed by the school district. Westonka’s last referendum for an operating levy increase was in 2007.
We work hard each year to balance the budget and make fiscally wise decisions. Despite recent enrollment growth, for the past two years the district has dipped into its fund reserve to protect class sizes, programs and student supports. We have reached the point where we either need to increase funding or make significant reductions.
Please visit the Referendum page to learn more about the Nov. 5 referendum. As always, please feel free to contact me directly with any questions, comments or concerns.