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Rochester School Board considers referendum options

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Superintendent Michael Muñoz discusses referendum options on the NewsCenter at Noon Superintendent Michael Muñoz discusses referendum options on the NewsCenter at Noon
ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Rochester School Board is working to develop a referendum to bring to the community for a vote as education costs increase.

Board members discussed various options at Tuesday night's meeting.

The decision to ask voters for funding through tax increases came in the form of a unanimous 7-0 vote from the school board earlier this month.

Wednesday on the NewsCenter at Noon, Superintendent Michael Muñoz said one of the options the board is considering is a $12 a month increase on a $200,000 home for taxpayers.

He said the amount takes into account what the district can expect from the state in the future.

"The latest we're hearing from St. Paul is that we can count on a 1.5 percent increase next year followed by a two percent increase, so we factored that in," Muñoz said. "So what we did is we looked at an amount that would increase our per student by $440, which would generate about $8 million for the district."

The amount voters will see on their ballots in November is not yet final.

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