MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Tuesday marks Election Day in Minnesota.
While there won’t be any political candidates on the ballots during this off-year, more than 100 school levies are going to be decided.
Dozens of school districts are asking tax payers to fund a range of projects, including building renovations, new technology and security upgrades.
In the South Washington County School District voters are being asked three referendum questions.
One of them is about constructing a new middle school in Cottage Grove and repurposing Oltman Middle School to become an elementary school.
The Minnesota School Boards Association said at least 68 school districts are asking voters for help with building bond or capital project levy requests this year, and at least 53 school districts are asking for operating levy referenda help.
That’s a record number for capital help.
All together the capital levies total almost $2 billion.
This would raise an average of about $884 per pupil, which is about $260 more than what is being currently collected.
State law allows districts to ask for new capital revenue throughout the year, but operating revenue is typically limited to the November election.
Tuesday is not just about the school districts, however. Some cities will have mayoral elections as well as some city council seats to fill. But there is no statewide race.
To get out and vote, visit the Secretary of State online to see where the nearest polling place is to you.
Most polling places will open at 7 a.m. and remain open until 8 p.m.