Two tax referendums before voters in the St. Anthony-New Brighton school district passed with clear majorities on Tuesday.
The first referendum, which was approved by around 66 percent of voters, aimed to continue an existing levy from 2014. The capital projects levy funds instructional materials and resources for teachers and students, including books and computers. According to the Referendum 2023 websiteThis levy does not represent a further tax burden, but simply renews the levy already approved in 2014.
The other referendum, in which about 71 percent voted yes, proposed increasing the district’s operating levy by $890 per student. Starting in 2025, this levy would generate $1.7 million in funding each year for 10 years. According to the district, these funds would be used to “recruit and retain staff and support high levels of academic achievement for our students.”
The levy is expected to result in a property tax increase of $36 per month for average St. Anthony homes valued at $375,000.