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One-third of Minnesota schools ask voters for help

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Nov 4, 2011 at 8:37 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The economy is sputtering and unemployment remains stubbornly high in parts of Minnesota, but about one-third of state school districts are still going to their voters for some sort of help next week.

The Minnesota School Boards Association reports 113 districts want more property taxes to pay everyday expenses. Twenty districts are asking for authority to raise money for capital spending such as buildings.

About half the districts are asking to renew levies, so voters wouldn't see an increase in their property tax bills. But other voters would feel a pinch if new levies are approved.

School officials say they need more money from local property taxes because state per-pupil funding hasn't kept up with inflation since 2003. They're pessimistic that will turn around in the near future.

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