Nov. 2 ballots will include referendum on renewal of District 197 excess levy.

Mendota Heights voters will head to the polls on Tuesday, November 2, to choose among candidates for three seats on the District 197 School Board and to decide whether or not to renew District 197’s excess operating levy.

The property tax levy, which was first approved in 2011, is scheduled to expire this year. It provides the district with $224.48 per pupil or around $1.3 million each year. If renewed by voters, the levy will be in effect for another 10 years and will increase each year by the rate of inflation.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. on November 2.

A sample ballot with the names of all of the candidates and the levy referendum question appears below. An asterisk (*) after a name denotes an incumbent in the School Board race.

To be eligible to vote in Minnesota, you must be at least 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen, and a resident of the state for at least 20 days prior to the election. You must not be serving a felony sentence, felony probation or parole currently, and you may not be under legal guardianship with your right to vote revoked by court order.

Voters who are not yet registered in their respective precincts may register at the polls. To learn what is required to register at the polls or for information on other election matters, call  651-438-4380 or visit co.dakota.mn.us or call 1-877-600-8683 or visit sos.state.mn.us.

SAMPLE BALLOT

District 197 School Board Member (vote for up to three): Mark Grondahl, John Chandler*, Jon Vaupel, Stephanie A. Auran, Marcus Hill*, Morgan Steele, Robert Reese, Sarah Larsen, Elena Villarreal, Timothy J. Aune.

School District Question 1—Renewal of expiring referendum revenue authorization:
The board of Independent School District No. 197 (West Saint Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan) has proposed to renew the school district’s existing referendum revenue authorization of $224.48 per pupil which is scheduled to expire after taxes payable in 2021. The proposed referendum revenue authorization would increase each year by the rate of inflation and be applicable for 10 years beginning with taxes payable in 2022, unless otherwise revoked or reduced as provided by law. Shall the increase in revenue proposed by the board of Independent School District No. 197 be approved? Yes or no. By voting “yes,” you are voting to extend an existing property tax referendum that is scheduled to expire.

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