Thank you, Hopkins Community!
The three referendum proposals on the ballot for Hopkins Public Schools—a $30 million bond, a capital projects levy, and an operating levy—were approved by voters on Nov. 7. In addition, Fartun Ahmed, Jen Westmoreland Bouchard, and Chris LaTondresse have been elected to the Hopkins School Board. Ahmed is the first Somali-American to be elected to the Hopkins School Board. Read more about the 2017 election results!
What are we voting on?
Build for the Future
Voters will be asked to authorize a $30 million bond to fund renovations and repairs to school sites and facilities. Approximately $6.9 million will be used to refinance our lease levy at a lower interest rate, at a cost savings to our taxpayers. If approved, this would cost the average homeowner in our District $2 per month.
Advance the Innovation
Voters will also be asked to repeal the 2010 and 2013 existing capital project levies, which currently generate $9.4 million annually for curriculum and technology, and combine them into one levy. The District is proposing a slight increase of less than half a percent (.44%), which would generate an additional $500,000. If approved, this would cost the average homeowner in our District $1 per month.
Continue the Excellence
Voters will be asked to repeal the current operating referendum levy and replace it with a new, 10-year levy that keeps the per-student revenue amount the same. This investment will continue to generate $15 million annually. If approved, this would not have an additional tax impact on homeowners.
How much will it cost?
If all three questions pass, the increased tax impact would be equivalent to $3 a month for the average homeowner in the Hopkins District.
You can find out your exact tax impact by using the interactive feature provided by Ehlers. Scroll down to "Impact on Property Taxes."
When is the election?
Polls are open on Election Day, November 7, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. However, early voting begins September 22 (46 days before Election Day). Visit our Voter Information page to learn more about where, when, and how to vote.
Who do I contact with questions?
Please contact email@example.com(link sends e-mail) or call the referendum hotline at 952-988-4099.