Operating Levy 2021
On November 2, 2021, Roseville Area School district residents will vote whether to renew and increase local funding for our schools through our operating levy.
- Operating levies are funds approved by local residents for their schools. Levies provide additional funding for critical school operations, such as classroom supplies, instructional materials, student support programs, staff and more.
- The vast majority of Minnesota school districts — including Roseville Area Schools — rely on operating levies to help fund their schools.
What will be on the ballot?
There will be two school funding questions on the ballot:
- Question 1: Requests a renewal of the district’s operating levy. This no-tax-increase renewal would lessen but not eliminate major cuts in the future.
- Question 2: Requests an increase in the district’s operating levy to support and enhance students’ classroom experiences and provide more financial stability for the district.
NOTE: Question 2 is contingent on Question 1, meaning Question 2 can only pass if voters first approve Question 1.
If voters approve both Question 1 and Question 2, the additional funds would be used to:
- Lower class sizes.
- Invest in student mental health and social-emotional needs.
- Maintain academic programs.
- Expand career pathways to better prepare students for various careers after graduation.
- Help maintain financial stability.
If voters do not approve both Question 1 and Question 2, there would be significant financial repercussions, including:
- Reductions in educational and co-curricular programming.
- Staff cuts.
- Rising class sizes.
- Fewer supports for students.
- The district’s financial health would deteriorate, including a lack of contingency funds for emergencies.
How do we compare?
While the State Legislature recently approved a welcome increase in funding for our schools, it did not make up for nearly two decades of state funding that has not kept pace with inflation or increasing costs. In addition:
- Critical special education programs cost the district nearly $10 million more than it receives each year from the state and federal governments.
- Over the last eight years, we have cut our operating budget by $8 million, resulting in teacher cuts, increased class sizes and cuts to student and classroom support and administration.
- While the federal COVID-19 relief dollars for schools will help cover pandemic-related costs, they are one-time funds with specific rules and timelines, and they will not help with our long-term budget sustainability.