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 SchoolsVoters 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.
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