Stability & Excellence: Vote Nov. 8
would revoke the current operating levy of $1,815.27 per student and replace it with a levy of $2,075.27 per student.
The tax impact of the approval of question #1 would be less than $8 per month in property taxes for a home in Eden Prairie valued at $430,000.
would renew the previously-approved capital project levy, which provides security, infrastructure, and technology across the district.
Approval of the capital project levy would not result in an increase in property taxes.
Approval of these ballot questions would allow the district to maintain stability and provide continued excellence with an increased operating levy and continuation of the capital projects levy, both which provide a number of benefits to our students.
What's the plan? Be Prepared. Maintain Stability.
The main goals of the Eden Prairie Schools referendum ballot proposals are to maintain financial stability and continue to offer excellent academic programs to students. Current operating and capital project levies are nearing expiration, and the district hopes to renew the levies to allow for continued funding with minimal impact on taxpayers.
Why now? Avoid Reductions. Continue Excellence.
Both levies are set to expire after the 2024-25 school year. Proposing these initiatives now provides the district with opportunities to engage the community and plan for our future. By securing these funds now, the district will be able to further extend a 2014 promise to avoid reductions to programs and services for at least another five years.
Question 1: Operating Levy - Revoke & Replace
Voters will be asked to revoke the current operating levy and replace it with a new 10-year levy. Voters approved the current operating levy in 2014, and revenue from the levy has allowed the district to maintain low class sizes and add programs for students.
Approval of the operating levy would continue the district’s financial stability and extend a promise the district made in 2014 to avoid reductions to programs and services for at least five years. Thanks to strong financial stewardship, the district has not had to reduce program offerings or increase class sizes for the past eight years, and the new operating levy will continue this trend for at least another five years.
Question 2: Capital Project Levy - A Continued Investment
The district's capital project levy, also known as the technology levy, is currently used to support the district’s technology infrastructure, including student devices, classroom technologies, and teacher training. Voters approved the capital project levy in 2013 and this new proposal is a continuation of that same levy, resulting in no tax increase for Eden Prairie residents.
By investing in technology in our schools, the district was able to pivot quickly and efficiently during the COVID-19 pandemic and become a leader in technology-based learning.
How to Vote
To vote in a school board or other special election, you must:
Be at least 18 years old
Be a citizen of the United States
Be a resident of the school district and maintain residence in the district for 20 days immediately preceding the election
Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2022. In Minnesota, you can vote early with an absentee ballot starting September 23, 2022. You can request an absentee ballot online for federal, state, and county elections.
Vote early in person at the Eden Prairie City Center: From 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, visit the Eden Prairie City Center (8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie) to receive and complete your ballot.