Referendum 2021

  • Combined Polling Place Byron Middle School
    601 4th Street NW
    Byron, MN 55920
  • Date and Time Tuesday, Nov 2 2021
    7am until 8pm
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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 $44,555,000 The date of the election is Tuesday, November 2, 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 $23,050,000 to provide funds for the betterment of school facilities, including:Byron Referendum Vote Nov 2

        • 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 kitchen facilities at Byron Middle School, Byron Intermediate School, and District Administration and Community Services building
        • The purchase and update of a building for District Administration offices
        • The renovation of District Administration and Community Services building 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 $21,505,000 to provide funds for the betterment of school facilities, including updates to Byron High School and Byron Middle School athletic facilities; and the addition and equipping of an auditorium and related facilities at Byron High School.

         

      Project Overview

      • DACS

        The DACS Building project is comprised of updates for the entire building including building exterior repairs(windows and doors), upgrade the kitchen, upgrades to HVAC and electrical systems, creating a secured entry, relocation of the district office to ZED building, safety updates and improved ADA accessibility, and remodeling 6 classrooms for early childhood.

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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 happens if the bond referendum is approved on November 2, 2021?

      • What will happen if voters do not approve the Nov 2, 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?

      • If the referendum is not approved do we lose out on our chance at state funding? Is this an all or nothing chance?

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