District Going for Operating Referendum, Again

District Going for Operating Referendum, Again Click to Enlarge Photo: Sartell School District

(KNSI) - The Sartell-St. Stephen School District is asking residents to approve an operating referendum for the second time in a year.

The school board unanimously approved a resolution Monday night to ask voters for a $1.8 million to help cover operating costs for the next 10 years.

Superintendent Jeff Schwiebert with why the school is asking for the referendum, again.

"We're short dollars as we open this new school. Without having the levy, we had to make $1.3 million in cuts for next year, those were rather painful, we don't want to have to do that again."

He says the new proposal is for the same amount as the one that was rejected in November 2018 but will cost the taxpayer a little less, thanks to some extra money from the state.

According to the district, homeowners with a home valued at $200,000 would pay $148 a year, about $16 less than last year’s referendum.

"We hope this is something that we can get the community's support this time, we need to be a lot more direct then we were the last time through in talking about what might we do differently if we don't pass this levy.

Schwiebert says it would mean more budget cuts. Voters will go to the polls on November 5th.

District 148 is planning an open house at the new Sartell High School on September 14th.

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