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School board to ask voters to renew levy
Hastings Minnesota 745 Spiral Boulevard 55033

Keep the existing programs and staff levels. Or face reductions in both. That's the question Hastings School District 200 voters will have to face at a special election Tuesday, Nov. 8.

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The existing revenue levy of $690 per pupil is scheduled to expire this year, after eight years.

The Hastings School Board has proposed to renew the school district's referendum revenue authorization of $690 per pupil for eight years. By voting "yes" on the ballot question, the voter is agreeing to extend the property tax referendum that is scheduled to expire.

Passage of the referendum extends the existing referendum at the same amount per pupil - there is no increase or decrease in the amount which has been collected through property taxes in the past eight years.

The annual dollar amount for a typical residential homestead, agricultural homesteads, commercial-industrial properties and most other classes of property within the school district for the years specified are shown by the examples as follows:

For a property with a market value of $160,000, expiring authority in 2011 would be $228.10; new authority in 2012 would be $228.10. The net change is $0.

For a property with a market value of $200,000, expiring authority in 2011 would be $285.13; new authority in 2012 would be $4285.13. The net change is $0.

For a property with a market value of $300,000, expiring authority in 2011 would be $427.69; new authority in 2012 would be $427.69. Net change is $0.

For agricultural property (both homestead and non-homestead) the taxes for the proposed referendum will be based on the value of the house, garage and surrounding one acre of land only. There will be no referendum taxes paid on the value of other agricultural lands and buildings. For seasonal residential recreational property, there will be no taxes paid for the proposed referendum.

A school board election will also be held Nov.8. There will be changes on the school board as three of the incumbents, whose terms expire this year - Chair Leslie Nielsen, Amy Peltier and Brad Stoneberg - did not file for re-election. Incumbent Dan Greil did file for another term. Lisa Hedin, Jerry Baum, Russ Rohloff, Kyle Latch and former School Board member Vincent O'Brien will also have their names on the ballot.

The polling places for this year's elections have been set as follows: Precinct 1, Hope Lutheran Church, 16998 Michael Ave.; Precinct 2, Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 400 W. Ninth St.; Precinct 3, United Methodist Church, 615 W. 15th St.; Precinct 4, St. Philip's Lutheran Church, 1401 W. 15th St.; Precinct 5, Denmark Town Hall, 14008 90th St. S.; Precinct 6, Marshan Town Hall, 19497 205th St. E.; Precinct 7, Vermillion City Hall, 105 E. Main St., Vermillion; Precinct 8, Ravenna Town Hall, 20425 Red Wing Blvd.; Precinct 9, Miesville City Hall, 14221 240th St. E., Miesville; Precinct 10, Hampton City Hall, 5265 238th St. E., Hampton.

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Jane Lightbourn
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