Referendum 2021

  • Combined Polling Place Byron Middle School
    601 4th Street NW
    Byron, MN 55920
  • Date and Time Tuesday, May 11, 2021
    7am until 8pm
  • Absentee Ballot Absentee ballot applications
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  • The District has engaged with community members through task forces, committees, surveys, and more to examine our school facilities, specifically building capacity and infrastructure, adequacy of educational spaces, and overall student experience. This process helped identify four areas of focus that play a critical role in the maintenance and operation of school facilities for the success of students. The Board has approved a referendum with two questions on the ballot totaling $41,485,000. The date of the election is Tuesday, May 11th, 2021.
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      On the Ballot

      • Question 1: Shall the School Board of Independent School District No. 531, Byron, be authorized to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $29,700,000 to provide funds for the betterment of school facilities, including:

        • Byron Vote Image Accessibility and safety improvements at Byron High School;
        • Electrical, mechanical, and building updates and replacements at District Administration and Community Services building;
        • Addition and equipping of classrooms at Byron High School;
        • Updates to Byron High School and Byron Middle School athletic facilities;
        • Updates to kitchen facilities at Byron Middle School, Byron Intermediate School, and District Administration and Community Services building;
        • Renovation of facilities for Community Education and Early Childhood Programs.

        Question 2 - Provided that Ballot Question No. 1 is approved, shall the School Board of Independent School District No. 531, Byron, be authorized to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $11,785,000 to provide funds for the betterment of school facilities, including the addition and equipping of an auditorium and related facilities at Byron High School

         

      Project Overview

      • DACS

        The DACS Building project includes building exterior repairs(windows and doors), restoring kitchen, upgrades to HVAC and electrical systems, safety updates and improved ADA accessibility, and remodeling 6 classrooms for early childhood. Click to learn more!

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      • Intermediate and Middle School

        Learn more about the maintenance on the athletic facility at the middle school as well as the kitchen updates in our middle and intermediate schools.

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      • High School

        The projects at the high school includes adding additional classrooms, athletic facility renovations, and a new performing art center.

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      FAQs

      • 2021 Minnesota Absentee Ballot Information

      • What are the referendum questions?

      • What happens if the bond referendum is approved on May 11, 2021?

      • What will happen if voters do not approve the May 11, 2021 referendum?

      • Do you know, if approved, the State will pay a portion of the costs for the proposed Bonds?

      • Does open-enrollment impact Debt Service Equalization aid?

      • Does open-enrollment impact operating revenue?

      • If open enrolled students lived in the District, would this reduce the tax need on households?  Is there more value in resident students to help with buildings?

      • Learn More about the Ag2School Tax Credit.

      • How does a “yes” vote affect my property taxes?

      • Why does the District use a wrapped-around debt schedule?

      • How many Districts use a wrapped-around debt schedule?

      • What are the District's current bonds?

      • Could Long-Term Facility Maintenance (LTFM) and other district funds be used for these projects?

      • What other organization, besides Ehlers, did the District work with for a bid? How do we know we got the best interest rate?

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