Z-M, K-W schools seek funding; Goodhue has board election
Three area school districts will have votes on various items Tuesday Nov. 5.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa will have a referendum vote, Kenyon-Wanamingo will have a special election for the renewal of an expiring referendum, and Goodhue will have a board election.
In 2012, a $350 per pupil referendum failed for Zumbrota-Mazeppa School District. Over the last two years the School Board has cut over $311,000 from the budget, according to a district report.
The report lists school expenses as close to $1 million each month and states the current budget reserve covers less than 3 percent of expenses. The state of Minnesota recommends a minimum of 8 percent to 10 percent reserves amount.
District costs increase at a rate of 2 to 3 percent each year, which equates to $250,000 to $350,000, the report says.
The referendum will ask local voters for additional revenue to maintain the current curriculums. The report notes that the failed 2012 referendum caused the district to increase activity and participation fees.
The School Board released a document that listed the increase in property taxes for a home worth $150,000 as less than $7 per month and for a home worth $200,000 as less than $9 per month.
Voting will take place 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at the primary school in Zumbrota and the elementary school in Mazeppa.
Kenyon-Wanamingo is looking for a renewal of an expiring referendum.
An operating levy referendum brochure provided by the district states: “The School Board has approved a one question ballot asking the community to renew the $682.58 operating referendum that expires in fiscal year 2013. Ballot Question 1 would result in no tax increase. With the three-tier funding formula which provides more aid the property tax will be reduced from the old formula. This dollar amount would run for eight years.”
Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Kenyon-Wanamingo Elementary School gymnasium as well as the Kenyon-Wanamingo Middle-High School in the small gymnasium.
Goodhue will have a School Board election on Nov. 5. There is no referendum question on the ballot.
Michelle Goodman, Mike Kehren, and Brian Schafer are on the ballot. All three are incumbents.
Voting will take place noon to 8 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of the high school.