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
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.
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 Email Other Alumni/Students Booster Clubs Chamber/Service Clubs
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.
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
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.
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.
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$108.78 $275,000 $170.43$119.66 $300,000 $185.93$130.54 $500,000 $309.87$217.57
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
How does Albany compare to neighboring districts in voter approved levy dollars? Albany Area $405 Melrose $700 Paynesville $415.60 EV-W $712.11 ROCORI $486.54BBE $837.76 Holdingford$500 Sauk Centre $1,030 St. Cloud $555 State Average $863
REVENUE COMPARISONS PER PUPIL (All Sources) SCHOOLSAMOUNTSTATE RANK Albany $6,917306 of 366 St. Cloud$8,737 72 Sauk Centre$7,910168 Melrose$7,740188 Paynesville$7,420247 ROCORI$6,940303 Holdingford$6,834310 State Ave$8,450 Non Metro <1000$8,027
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.
Fund Balance Will BE Depleted by 2015 2012 2013 2014 2015(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 -280,000 -680,000 -1,795,000 Fund Bal $2,800,000 2,520,00 1,840,000 45,000
Economy : 1. “Anti Tax” Sentiment 2. Unemployment 3. Dysfunctional Government (State and National)
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.
18-35 year olds are our pre-school and early elementary parents. 10-15% vote 35-44 year olds constitute 80% of our parent base. 20-25% vote 44-54 college parents 30% vote 55 and Overempty nesters 40% vote
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 1051 5135% to be sure 1418 2007 Election 2400 voted (2400/2 = 1201)
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
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
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
Combined Polling Place # 1: Albany Elementary School, 10 Forest Avenue, Albany, MN 56307. 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 56310. 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, 23801 County Road 42, Richmond, MN 56368. 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
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!!