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From A to Z (Albert Lea to Zumbrota), voters will settle school questions Tuesday

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Public school districts across southeastern Minnesota hope voters are ready and willing to invest in education on Tuesday, as special polling places open to settle property tax questions.

Eight school districts in the region are holding special referendums, each asking for authority to set tax levies or take special action to maintain or improve their educational environments.  Stewartville is alone among them in seeking a lower level of per-pupil spending in the years ahead; Albert Lea, Austin and Kenyon-Wanamingo are hoping for renewals of existing funding.  Three other districts are asking to increase the per-pupil revenue they receive:  Zumbrota-Mazeppa, Owatonna and Alden-Conger.  Voters in the Caledonia Area Public Schools district are being asked to give school officials the green light to delay the final re-payment on a bond issue, with the "one day bond" action creating an improvement fund of nearly half a million dollars. 

Albert Lea Area Schools
Voters in the Albert Lea public school district are being asked to vote "yes" to renew the operating levy of $1,165.74 per pupil for basic school operations for the next seven years.  Six polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., three are in Albert Lea (Brookside Middle School, Halverson Elementary School and United Methodist Church) and three others are open in nearby communities.  They include polling places at the Clarks Grove Municipal Building, the Hollandale Municipal Building and the Hayward Community Hall.

Alden-Conger School
In the referendum in the Alden-Conger School district, voters are being asked to vote "yes" to approve a property tax increase, to revoke the current per-pupil spending of $606.71 and replace it with authority to generate $930 per-pupil for the next ten years.  Votes may be cast between 12 noon - 8 p.m. at the Alden-Conger School.  For more information about the referendum, click here and then scroll down to locate school documents that explain the district's proposal.

Austin Public Schools
Voters in the Austin Public Schools district are being asked to vote "yes" to renew the current spending level of $254.70 per-pupil for the next ten years.  These polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Austin Public Library for Ward 1/Precinct 1, Lansing, Red Rock, Udolpho, and Waltham Townships; Austin High School for Ward 1/Precinct 2 and Mapleview Township; Southgate Elementary School for Ward 2/Precinct 1; Banfield Elementary School for Ward 2/Precinct 2 and Newry, Oakland, London, and Moscow Townships; Woodson Kindergarten Center for Ward 3/Precinct 1 and Austin, Lyle and Windom Townships; and Ellis Middle School for Ward 3/Precinct 2. 

Caledonia Area Public Schools
School officials in Caledonia are asking voters to approve a "One Day Bond" request; a vote of "yes" will give the school district permission to use existing tax authority from a multi-year bond issue and by doing so generate funds estimated at $495,000 for curriculum and school improvements.  Polls will be open from 1:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, at the Caledonia Area Elementary Cafeteria at 511 West Main Street.

Kenyon-Wanamingo Public Schools
Voters in the Kenyon-Wanamingo district are being asked to vote "yes" to renew the current spending level of $682.58 per-pupil for eight more years.  Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at two polling places; at the Kenyon-Wanamingo Elementary School Gymnasium in Wanamingo, and at the small gym at Kenyon-Wanamingo Middle-High School in Kenyon.

Owatonna Public Schools
In the Owatonna public school district, the school board is asking voters to say "yes" to revoking the existing spending level of $531.59 per-pupil and replace it with the authority to generate $870.61 per-pupil for the next seven years. School officials say the measure would create financial stability for the next seven years in the Owatonna school system and cost the average homeowner $5.74/month.  It would increase revenue by $1.8 million over the next seven years.  Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and voters must to their own district polling place; there are eleven in the Owatonna area.  Click here to find your polling place.

Stewartville Public Schools
Across the Stewartville Public Schools district in Olmsted, Fillmore and Mower Counties, voters are being asked to replace the expiring revenue level of $620 per-pupil with authority to raise $558 per-pupil for the next ten years.  Votes can be cast at Stewartville Civic Center for voters living in Olmsted County, and for voters who live in either Fillmore or Mower Counties ballots can be cast at the City Hall in Racine.

Zumbrota-Mazeppa Schools
Voters in the Zumbrota-Mazeppa public school district stretching across parts of Goodhue, Wabasha and Olmsted Counties are being asked to vote "yes" to increase revenue by $350 per-pupil for the next ten years.  The same request failed at the polls in November, 2012, but school officials say since then they have reduced spending by $311,000 over the past two years.  Voters who live in Goodhue County may cast ballots at the Zumbrota-Mazeppa Primary Gymnasium in Zumbrota, while voters who live in either Wabasha or Olmsted Counties may cast ballots at the Z-M Elementary School new gymnasium in Mazeppa.  Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.  
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