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Operational Referendum February 19 For Northland Pines Schools

Northland Pines School District

Northland Pines voters will have a choice next month whether to approve a $4.6 million operating referendum. The vote is set for February 19.

District Administrator Scott Foster explains the funding referendum.. 

"...The Northland Pines School District has had a history of going to operation referendums to maintain programs and opportunities in our district. The last referendum past in 2016 is set to expire at the end of this school year. As we've had to do in the past for us to maintain our budget which impacts our programming, so we have to go back to our voters. We select to go for three years...."

Foster tells us what they will be asking... 

"We estimate with the best models we have is that we're just over $5 million shortfall over the next three years. Looking at our ability to raise revenue and to make some cuts to be fair to our taxpayers we are going for three years, $4.6 million for the next three years..."

If approved, the referendum results in a $24 increase on a home valued at $100,000.

The District is hosting four information meetings to explain the request, they include Thursday, January 10 at the Land O' Lakes Elementary School at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Northland Pines Middle and High School, Tuesday, January 29 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Germain Elementary School and Monday, February 4 at 2:00 p.m. Walter E. Olson Memorial Library.

More information is available at the Northland Pines website.

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