Kenyon Wanamingo asks for more fundingThe Kenyon-Wanamingo School District will ask taxpayers to approve additional funding Nov. 8.
By: Sarah Gorvin, The Republican Eagle
Editor’s note: Three Goodhue County school districts will hold levy referendums this fall.
Oct. 15: Goodhue
Today: Cannon Falls and Kenyon-Wanamingo
The Kenyon-Wanamingo School District will ask taxpayers to approve additional funding Nov. 8. The proposed levy increase would more than double the existing operating levy.
The district’s currently $126 per pupil levy will expire at the end of this year. Voters are asked to approve a 10-year renewal on that levy in addition to increasing it by $173 per pupil.
The current levy brings in about $136,000 a year. The levy increase would add about $192,000 to that figure.
“The district will see a reduction in federal spending in education. This will have a negative impact on the budget for future years,” Supt. Jeff Evert said in a statement on the school’s website. “(The increase) will help the district weather that storm (and) keep programs at current levels.”
Taxpayers will vote on two questions:
• Should the district renew its current $126 per pupil levy?
• Should the district increase its levy by $173?
If only the first question passes, property taxes will remain the same. If the increase is approved, a taxpayer owning a property valued at $100,000 could expect to pay about $52 more a year or a little more than $4 more a month.
The district has scheduled two public meetings on Nov. 1 to discuss the levies. The first will be at 6 p.m. at Kenyon-Wanamingo Elementary School in Wanamingo; the second will be at 8 p.m. at Kenyon-Wanamingo Middle-High School in Kenyon.
Residents can vote on the levies in a special election Tuesday Nov. 8 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Polling locations will be at the elementary school and at the middle-high school.