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LEVY REFERENDUM NOV. 8, 2011.  I.Elect a Committee Chairperson  II.Introductions  III.Charge to the Committee  IV.Review and Approve Committee Structure.

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1 LEVY REFERENDUM NOV. 8, 2011

2  I.Elect a Committee Chairperson  II.Introductions  III.Charge to the Committee  IV.Review and Approve Committee Structure  V.Levy Information from Superintendent  VI. Discuss Campaign Strategy  VI.Sub Committee Assignments and Breakouts  VII. Next Meeting/Adjournment

3  Support and Promote the Passage of the Levy Referendum by: 1. Volunteering for sub-committee work 2. Recruiting 3. Identifying Yes Voters 4. Fundraising 5. Develop Name of Committee 6. Develop Theme for the Campaign.

4 Citizens Referendum Team Communications Speakers Bureau SignageMessages Literature Direct Mailing Volunteers Voter ID/GOTV Letter Writers Coffee Parties Recruiters Finance Fundraising Disbursements Legal Reports Technology Social Networking Web Site Other Alumni/Students Booster Clubs Chamber/Service Clubs

5 REVOKING EXISTING REVENUE AUTHORIZATION AND APPROVING NEW REFERENDUM REVENUE AUTHORIZATION The Board of Independent School District No. 745, Albany, has proposed to revoke its existing referendum revenue authorization of $405 per pupil, which is scheduled to expire in 2013, and replace that authorization with a new authorization of $700 per pupil. The amount shall increase annually by the rate of inflation. The proposed referendum revenue authorization would be applicable for ten (10) years unless otherwise revoked or reduced as provided by law.

6 What Does the Additional $295 Buy Us? 1. Stable and Balanced Budget – Currently Deficit Budgets of $400,000 Projected. 2. Maintain Current Class Sizes 3. Maintain Current Programming: Art, P.E. and Music classes in Elem. College Prep and Elective Classes in the High School 4. AND All Day Everyday Kindergarten

7   APPROVAL OF ADDITIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  REFERENDUM REVENUE AUTHORIZATION   Provided that Ballot Question No. 1 is approved, The Board of Independent School District No. 745, Albany, has proposed to increase its referendum revenue authorization by an additional $150 per pupil. The amount shall increase annually by the rate of inflation. The proposed referendum revenue authorization would be applicable for ten (10) years unless otherwise revoked or reduced as provided by law.

8  What Does the Additional $150/student buy us? 1. One Bus Per Year – Refresh our Bus Fleet. 2. Technology – Purchase new computing devices and maintain current infrastructure. 3. Deferred Maintenance – Roof and Parking lot repairs and other high priced repairs.

9  The chart reflects the tax increase on a yearly basis.  Market Value Impact of Ballot Impact of Ballot Question 1Question 2  $75,000 $46.48$32.64 $100,000 $61.98$43.51 $125,000 $77.46$54.39  $150,000 $92.96$65.27  $175,000 $108.45$76.15  $200,000 $123.95$87.03  $225,000 $139.44$97.91  $250,000 $154.94$  $275,000 $170.43$  $300,000 $185.93$  $500,000 $309.87$217.57

10  Only the value of the house and one acre of land is taxed in a Levy Referendum. The rest of the acreage and any out buildings out EXEMPT from taxes in a Levy Referendum

11 NOTABLE FACTS

12  How does Albany compare to neighboring districts in voter approved levy dollars?  Albany Area $405 Melrose $700  Paynesville $ EV-W $  ROCORI $486.54BBE $  Holdingford$500 Sauk Centre $1,030  St. Cloud $555 State Average $863

13  REVENUE COMPARISONS PER PUPIL (All Sources) SCHOOLSAMOUNTSTATE RANK Albany $6, of 366 St. Cloud$8, Sauk Centre$7, Melrose$7, Paynesville$7, ROCORI$6, Holdingford$6, State Ave$8,450 Non Metro <1000$8,027

14  Why Are So Many Minnesota Public Schools Asking for Voter Approved Levies  Between 2003 and 2011 school funding in Minnesota has increased from $4,601 to $5,124/student, an increase of 11.4%. At the same time inflation was 20.6%. This results in a decrease in purchasing power of 9.2% or $352/student.

15  Fund Balance Will BE Depleted by (no levy)  Rev. Est. 13,600,000 13,720,000 13,720,000 13,005,000  Exp. Est. 13,500,000 14,000,000 14,400,000 14,800,000  +/-+100, , ,000 -1,795,000  Fund Bal $2,800,000 2,520,00 1,840,000 45,000

16  Economy : 1. “Anti Tax” Sentiment 2. Unemployment 3. Dysfunctional Government (State and National)

17 A couple of legislators have come out against all levies saying “What do schools want, we gave them $50 per pupil per year.” Fact: $50 per pupil nets us $100,000 yr one and approximately$300,000 (soft) year two. While it is welcome it does not fix our deficit problem. Next year’s deficit was projected at almost $600,000 and now will be closer to $300,000.

18  year olds are our pre-school and early elementary parents % vote  year olds constitute 80% of our parent base % vote  college parents 30% vote  55 and Overempty nesters 40% vote

19  StepsProcessProjection 1# of Registered Voters6,000 2% of Expected Voters 30-40% 3Number of Likely to Vote (6,000 x 35%)2100 4Number of Votes to Win % to be sure Election 2400 voted (2400/2 = 1201)

20  Parent Information  Flyers at school activities  Send flyer home the week before election  Develop list of yes voters  Place paid advertisements in local papers  11 x 17 Posters Hanging on Building Entrances  Coordinate Absentee Voting Opportunities

21  Develop calendar of all opportunities to host “information tables”  Schedule volunteers and appropriate materials for all opportunities (community events / Parent Teacher Conference/open houses / sporting events  Host information nights  Calling Trees

22  Viewpoints / letters to the editor  Stickers / hankies / pencils / etc. distributed at community events – back to school events and/or conferences  Printed brochures available for widespread use

23  Combined Polling Place # 1:  Albany Elementary School, 10 Forest Avenue, Albany, MN This combined polling place serves all territory in Independent School District # 745 located in: Albany Township, Holdingford Township, Krain Township, Oak Township, City of Albany and City of St. Anthony.  Combined Polling Place # 2:  Avon Elementary School, 410 Avon Avenue North, Avon, MN This combined polling place serves all territory in Independent School District # 745 located in: Avon Township, Collegeville Township and City of Avon.  Combined Polling Place # 3:  Farming Community Center, County Road 42, Richmond, MN This combined polling place serves all territory in Independent School District # 745 located in: Farming Township, Munson Township, St. Martin Township and City of St. Martin

24  OUR WORK HAS JUST BEGONE BUT AN INTENSE FOUR WEEK CAMPAIGN TARGETED AT POSITIVE VOTERS WILL RESULT IN A POSITIVE OUTCOME.  ON BEHALF OF ALL CHILDREN IN DISTRICT 745 THANK YOU!!


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