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HF 731

as introduced - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 02/28/2011 09:53am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Bill Text Versions

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Introduction Posted on 02/28/2011

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A bill for an act
relating to education finance; modifying the capital project referendum ballot
language in cases where the same level of taxing authority is renewed; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 123B.63, subdivision 3.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 123B.63, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Capital project levy referendum.

new text begin(a) new text endA district may levy the local tax
rate approved by a majority of the electors voting on the question to provide funds for
an approved project. The election must take place no more than five years before the
estimated date of commencement of the project. The referendum must be held on a date
set by the board. A referendum for a project not receiving a positive review and comment
by the commissioner under section 123B.71 must be approved by at least 60 percent of
the voters at the election.

new text begin (b) new text endThe referendum may be called by the school board and may be held:

(1) separately, before an election for the issuance of obligations for the project
under chapter 475; or

(2) in conjunction with an election for the issuance of obligations for the project
under chapter 475; or

(3) notwithstanding section 475.59, as a conjunctive question authorizing both the
capital project levy and the issuance of obligations for the project under chapter 475. Any
obligations authorized for a project may be issued within five years of the date of the
election.

new text begin (c) new text endThe ballot must provide a general description of the proposed project, state the
estimated total cost of the project, state whether the project has received a positive or
negative review and comment from the commissioner, state the maximum amount of the
capital project levy as a percentage of net tax capacity, state the amount that will be raised
by that local tax rate in the first year it is to be levied, and state the maximum number of
years that the levy authorization will apply.

The ballot must contain a textual portion with the information required in this
section and a question stating substantially the following:

"Shall the capital project levy proposed by the board of .......... School District
No. .......... be approved?"

If approved, the amount provided by the approved local tax rate applied to the net
tax capacity for the year preceding the year the levy is certified may be certified for the
number of years, not to exceed ten, approved.

new text begin (d) If the district proposes a new capital project to begin at the time the existing
capital project expires and at the same maximum tax rate, the general description on the
ballot may state that the capital project levy is being renewed and that the tax rate is not
being increased from the previous year's rate. An election to renew authority under this
paragraph may be called at any time that is otherwise authorized by this subdivision. The
ballot notice required under section 275.60 may be modified to read:
new text end

new text begin "BY VOTING YES ON THIS BALLOT QUESTION, YOU ARE VOTING
TO RENEW AN EXISTING CAPITAL PROJECTS REFERENDUM THAT IS
SCHEDULED TO EXPIRE."
new text end

new text begin (e) new text endIn the event a conjunctive question proposes to authorize both the capital project
levy and the issuance of obligations for the project, appropriate language authorizing the
issuance of obligations must also be included in the question.

new text begin (f) new text endThe district must notify the commissioner of the results of the referendum.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for referenda conducted on or after
July 1, 2011.
new text end