The Cannon Falls School District will be asking voters to support a four question referendum on May 11.
A flyer sent out by the district clearly outlines their intentions to help improve their school facilities:
Question 1 ($400,000 a year over the next 10 years): Sustains our current 1:1 technology initiative that provides one computer hardware device per student plus infrastructure, ongoing software updates, training, technical support, and staff development so that additional cuts are not required to our general fund.
Question 2 ($10.45 million): Improve the career and technical education spaces and indoor air quality.
Question 3 ($1.575 million): Improve gymnasium deficiencies and outdoor athletic stadium.
Question 4 ($685,000): Artificial turf instead of a grass turf at the outdoor athletic stadium.
The questions relate to months of discussion about the district’s future wants and needs.
For each question to pass, the previous one was to be accepted by the voting public. For example, Questions 3 and 4 can’t pass without Questions 1 and 2.
On a residential and commercial/industrial property the following tax impact will be a result of each question passing on a home worth $225,000:
Question 1: $66 a year
Question 2: $50 a year
Question 3: $7 a year
Question 4: $3 a year
All four questions: $126 a year
There are tax relief measures that homeowners and renters can take advantage of. As shown on the flyer, a homeowner, with a home valued at $225,000, is eligible for a $76 tax refund through the Revenue Department website.
As it relates to agricultural land owners, the Ag2School Tax Credit is available to help.
The tax credit is currently at 50%, but will increase to 60% in 2022 and an even greater percentage into the future.
All schools and communities have the opportunity to benefit from the Ag2School Tax Credit.
If you are interested in calculating your property taxes, visit the district’s website. The district has a tax calculator available for use.
An informational meeting was held on April 12. Here's a link to that presentation.
Voters can head to the polls on May 11 from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m., at Cannon Falls City Hall.