as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/20/2020 04:21pm
A bill for an act
relating to education finance; extending the maximum notice period for a school
referendum election from 30 to 45 days; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018,
section 126C.17, subdivision 9.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 126C.17, subdivision 9, is amended to read:
(a) The revenue authorized by section 126C.10,
subdivision 1, may be increased in the amount approved by the voters of the district at a
referendum called for the purpose. The referendum may be called by the board. The
referendum must be conducted one or two calendar years before the increased levy authority,
if approved, first becomes payable. Only one election to approve an increase may be held
in a calendar year. Unless the referendum is conducted by mail under subdivision 11,
paragraph (a), the referendum must be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in
November. The ballot must state the maximum amount of the increased revenue per adjusted
pupil unit. The ballot may state a schedule, determined by the board, of increased revenue
per adjusted pupil unit that differs from year to year over the number of years for which the
increased revenue is authorized or may state that the amount shall increase annually by the
rate of inflation. For this purpose, the rate of inflation shall be the annual inflationary increase
calculated under subdivision 2, paragraph (b). The ballot may state that existing referendum
levy authority is expiring. In this case, the ballot may also compare the proposed levy
authority to the existing expiring levy authority, and express the proposed increase as the
amount, if any, over the expiring referendum levy authority. The ballot must designate the
specific number of years, not to exceed ten, for which the referendum authorization applies.
The ballot, including a ballot on the question to revoke or reduce the increased revenue
amount under paragraph (c), must abbreviate the term "per adjusted pupil unit" as "per
pupil." The notice required under section 275.60 may be modified to read, in cases of
renewing existing levies at the same amount per pupil as in the previous year:
"BY VOTING "YES" ON THIS BALLOT QUESTION, YOU ARE VOTING TO
EXTEND AN EXISTING PROPERTY TAX REFERENDUM THAT IS SCHEDULED
The ballot may contain a textual portion with the information required in this subdivision
and a question stating substantially the following:
"Shall the increase in the revenue proposed by (petition to) the board of ......., School
District No. .., be approved?"
If approved, an amount equal to the approved revenue per adjusted pupil unit times the
adjusted pupil units for the school year beginning in the year after the levy is certified shall
be authorized for certification for the number of years approved, if applicable, or until
revoked or reduced by the voters of the district at a subsequent referendum.
(b) The board must deliver by mail at least 15 days but no more than deleted text begin30deleted text endnew text beginnew text end days before
the day of the referendum to each taxpayer a notice of the referendum and the proposed
revenue increase. The board need not mail more than one notice to any taxpayer. For the
purpose of giving mailed notice under this subdivision, owners must be those shown to be
owners on the records of the county auditor or, in any county where tax statements are
mailed by the county treasurer, on the records of the county treasurer. Every property owner
whose name does not appear on the records of the county auditor or the county treasurer is
deemed to have waived this mailed notice unless the owner has requested in writing that
the county auditor or county treasurer, as the case may be, include the name on the records
for this purpose. The notice must project the anticipated amount of tax increase in annual
dollars for typical residential homesteads, agricultural homesteads, apartments, and
commercial-industrial property within the school district.
The notice for a referendum may state that an existing referendum levy is expiring and
project the anticipated amount of increase over the existing referendum levy in the first
year, if any, in annual dollars for typical residential homesteads, agricultural homesteads,
apartments, and commercial-industrial property within the district.
The notice must include the following statement: "Passage of this referendum will result
in an increase in your property taxes." However, in cases of renewing existing levies, the
notice may include the following statement: "Passage of this referendum extends an existing
operating referendum at the same amount per pupil as in the previous year."
(c) A referendum on the question of revoking or reducing the increased revenue amount
authorized pursuant to paragraph (a) may be called by the board. A referendum to revoke
or reduce the revenue amount must state the amount per adjusted pupil unit by which the
authority is to be reduced. Revenue authority approved by the voters of the district pursuant
to paragraph (a) must be available to the school district at least once before it is subject to
a referendum on its revocation or reduction for subsequent years. Only one revocation or
reduction referendum may be held to revoke or reduce referendum revenue for any specific
year and for years thereafter.
(d) The approval of 50 percent plus one of those voting on the question is required to
pass a referendum authorized by this subdivision.
(e) At least 15 days before the day of the referendum, the district must submit a copy of
the notice required under paragraph (b) to the commissioner and to the county auditor of
each county in which the district is located. Within 15 days after the results of the referendum
have been certified by the board, or in the case of a recount, the certification of the results
of the recount by the canvassing board, the district must notify the commissioner of the
results of the referendum.
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