The Eden Prairie School Board will vote at its July 25 meeting to ask residents to approve two separate requests to bolster the district’s operating funds as well as fund capital projects for the next 10 years.
If the board approves one or both of the referendums, they will be on the ballot Nov. 8, along with the election of school board members.
Four board seats for 4-year terms each will be on the ballot, as will a special election to elect one board member for a 2-year term to fill a seat vacancy that expires Jan. 6, 2025.
Candidates can begin filing for the election on Aug. 2
If approved by the board, the first question on the ballot will ask voters to revoke the existing referendum authorizing $1,815.27 per pupil to replace it with an authorization for $2,075.27 per pupil, a 14.4% increase. The authorization would increase by the rate of inflation each year for 10 years, beginning with taxes payable in 2023.
The second question would ask voters to extend an existing capital project levy authorization scheduled to expire after taxes payable in 2024.
The proposed capital project levy would raise approximately $9.36 million for taxes payable in 2025, the first year it is to be levied for taxes payable in 2025. It would also be authorized for 10 years.
Projects to be funded by the capital project levy authorization during that time are approximately $93.58 million, according to information provided by the district.
Capital project levy dollars would be used to pay for technology, including purchasing, installation, replacement, support and maintenance of software, software licenses, computers, and improved technology equipment.
The money would also be used for purchasing buses.