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126C.44 SAFE SCHOOLS LEVY.
    (a) Each district may make a levy on all taxable property located within the district for the
purposes specified in this section. The maximum amount which may be levied for all costs under
this section shall be equal to $30 multiplied by the district's adjusted marginal cost pupil units
for the school year. The proceeds of the levy must be reserved and used for directly funding the
following purposes or for reimbursing the cities and counties who contract with the district for the
following purposes: (1) to pay the costs incurred for the salaries, benefits, and transportation costs
of peace officers and sheriffs for liaison in services in the district's schools; (2) to pay the costs for
a drug abuse prevention program as defined in section 609.101, subdivision 3, paragraph (e), in the
elementary schools; (3) to pay the costs for a gang resistance education training curriculum in the
district's schools; (4) to pay the costs for security in the district's schools and on school property;
(5) to pay the costs for other crime prevention, drug abuse, student and staff safety, voluntary
opt-in suicide prevention tools, and violence prevention measures taken by the school district;
or (6) to pay costs for licensed school counselors, licensed school nurses, licensed school social
workers, licensed school psychologists, and licensed alcohol and chemical dependency counselors
to help provide early responses to problems. For expenditures under clause (1), the district must
initially attempt to contract for services to be provided by peace officers or sheriffs with the police
department of each city or the sheriff's department of the county within the district containing the
school receiving the services. If a local police department or a county sheriff's department does not
wish to provide the necessary services, the district may contract for these services with any other
police or sheriff's department located entirely or partially within the school district's boundaries.
    (b) A school district that is a member of an intermediate school district may include in its
authority under this section the costs associated with safe schools activities authorized under
paragraph (a) for intermediate school district programs. This authority must not exceed $10 times
the adjusted marginal cost pupil units of the member districts. This authority is in addition to
any other authority authorized under this section. Revenue raised under this paragraph must be
transferred to the intermediate school district.
    (c) If a school district spends safe schools levy proceeds under paragraph (a), clause (6), the
district must annually certify that its total spending on services provided by the employees listed in
paragraph (a), clause (6), is not less than the sum of its expenditures for these purposes, excluding
amounts spent under this section, in the previous year plus the amount spent under this section.
History: 1975 c 432 s 75; 1976 c 271 s 81; 1977 c 447 art 6 s 8; 1978 c 764 s 105; 1982 c
548 art 6 s 21; 1983 c 314 art 6 s 24; 1984 c 463 art 6 s 6; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 398 art 1 s 21; art
6 s 12; 1988 c 486 s 85; 1988 c 718 art 6 s 20,21; 1988 c 719 art 5 s 84; 1989 c 329 art 6 s 48; art
13 s 9-11,20; 1Sp1989 c 1 art 2 s 11; 1990 c 426 art 2 s 1; 1990 c 562 art 6 s 33; art 7 s 10; art 10
s 9-11; 1990 c 596 s 3; 1991 c 130 s 29; 1991 c 265 art 5 s 12; 1991 c 291 art 4 s 1; 1992 c 499
art 6 s 29; art 7 s 11,26; art 12 s 29; 1992 c 511 art 2 s 21; art 5 s 9; 1992 c 603 s 11; 1993 c
224 art 7 s 13; art 8 s 3,4; 1994 c 647 art 8 s 9; 1Sp1995 c 3 art 1 s 17; art 16 s 13; 1996 c 412
art 4 s 10; art 13 s 18; 1997 c 66 s 79; 1Sp1997 c 4 art 1 s 26-28; art 2 s 31; 1998 c 397 art 7 s
112,164; 1999 c 241 art 2 s 48; 2000 c 254 s 44; 2000 c 489 art 2 s 24; 2002 c 377 art 5 s 4;
1Sp2003 c 9 art 2 s 38; 2006 c 263 art 1 s 15; 2007 c 146 art 1 s 14