Brooklyn Center Community Schools ISD #286 will hold a one-question referendum election that will allow voters to consider an increase to the district’s current operating levy. Operating levies are used for day-to-day operations of the district including teaching and learning.
Question 1 proposes to increase the district’s operating levy by $300 per student.
The current local operating levy generates $583,360 (1.6% of the district’s annual operating revenue) and is used to fund the general operations of the district, including but not limited recruiting and retention of high-quality staff members. The tax impact for the approval of Question 1 will be about $15 per month for a home valued at $286,000 (equal to $175 annually).
Maintain or Reduce Current Class Sizes
Retain and Attract High-Quality Staff
Enhance Social, Emotional, and Mental Health Support for Students
Provide Greater Financial Stability and Limit Future Budget Reductions
If approved, homeowners with an estimated market value of $200,000 would pay an annual increase of $122, or an increase of about $10 per month.
If approved, the average home value in the district of $286,000 would see an annual increase of $175, or an increase of about $15 a month.
If approved, homeowners with an estimated market value of $350,000 would see an annual increase of $214, or an increase of about $18 a month.
- What is an operating levy?
- How many levies does the school district have?
- How long will the new operating levy last?
- What happens if the operating levy request is approved?
- What is the tax impact for the proposed operating levy?
- What happens if the operating levy request is not approved?
- Why is the school district proposing another operating levy if the Minnesota Legislature just approved additional funding for public education?
- What is the district's current budget?
- What is the status of the district’s finances?
- What are the district’s revenue sources?
- How do Brooklyn Center’s taxes compare to our neighbors?
How Can I Vote?
Register to Vote
Election day is November 7, 2023. Residents of Brooklyn Center Community Schools’ District can register to vote or update their voter registration now. Click here to learn how to register or check your voter registration status.
Early Voting/Vote Absentee
Early voting begins on September 22, 2023. Click here to learn how to vote absentee.
If you are voting in-person on November 7, 2023, click here to find your polling place.
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What if the referendum is not approved?
If the district’s proposed operating levy increase is not approved, the district will face some tough decisions. With potential cuts, the BCCS may not be able to maintain current class sizes and have to decrease services and programs to support the social, emotional, and mental health of students. This would cause class sizes to grow and decrease access to mental health services at school.
The district will experience additional budget cuts for the 2024-2025 school year which may cause further staffing and programming cuts. These types of reductions will affect the students’ experience in the classroom and access to student programs outside of the school day as the district reduces its operating budget.