The Fargo Public Schools will hold a special election on March 11 for Fargo citizens who live in Fargo School District #1 in regard to the District’s mill levy, as required by state law. The purpose of the election is to approve the Fargo Public School District’s general mill levy authority for the next ten years, as required by the 2009 ND State Legislature for all districts with general levying authority above the state-mandated cap.
Election day voting is on Tuesday, March 11. The election is a city-wide election; therefore residents may cast their vote at any polling site. Voting will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the following sites:
- Clara Barton Elementary, 1417 South 6th Street
- Lincoln Elementary, 2120 South 9th Street
- Kennedy Elementary, 4401 South 42nd Street
- South High School, 1840 South 15th Avenue
- Atonement Lutheran Church, 4601 South University Drive
- Madison Elementary, 1040 North 29th Street
- McKinley Elementary, 2930 North 8th Street
- Roosevelt Elementary, 1026 North 10th Street
- Fargodome, 1800 North University Drive
Currently, the Fargo Public Schools’ voter-approved general mill levy authority is 170.46 mills, of which 139 mills is actually levied for the 2014-15 school year. The March 11 election seeks to cap the general mill levy authority at up to 150 mills.
The special election ballot language is as follows:
An amendment to section 57-15-14, passed by the 2009 North Dakota Legislative Assembly requires school districts to get approval from their voters by December 31, 2015 to continue any prior voter authorized general fund tax levies which are greater than the current statutory general fund levy limitation. The current Fargo Public Schools District’s general fund levy authority is 170.46 mills. The current statutory general fund levy limitation is seventy mills on the dollar of the taxable valuation of the school district.
Shall Fargo Public School District No. 1 have a general fund mill levy authority of up to one hundred fifty mills effective December 31, 2015 for the following ten years?
Visit www.fargo.k12.nd.us/SpecialElection for more information, the results of a “yes” and “no” vote, and an overview of the Fargo School District’s mill levy history.