1 in 5 Minn. districts seeking property tax boost

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — More than one in five Minnesota school districts are seeking a property tax increase in Tuesday’s election.

Minnesota Public Radio reports (http://bit.ly/1cGAEMB ) that’s a typical number for an off-year election. But, the requests come after the state legislature boosted school funding by $485 million last session.

Scott Croonquist is executive director of the Association of Metropolitan School Districts. He says the funding increase amounts to a 1.5 percent boost per student in each of the next two years, and that’s not enough to keep up with inflation.

He also says much of the state funding increase will go toward all-day kindergarten.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org

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