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Why Will The Schools Raise Your Taxes Next Year?

This week, the school district gives you three chances to put that question to officials.

Next year, the Minneapolis Public Schools wants to increase their share of your property taxes by four percent. 

According to an op-ed by MPS Superintendent Bernadiea Johnson published last month in the Southwest Journal, the district wants to raise an additional $6.7 million from taxpayers, or a $61 increase over last year's tax bill. The money will pay for extra classroom space the district is building or wants to build, fund "much-needed" repair and maintenance, and manage class size, Johnson wrote.

For some, that information is enough. For those of a more curious persuasion, however, Johnson's op-ed is the barest of bones. They will get three chances to put their questions to MPS administrators this week about the details of the tax increase:

  • Tuesday Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. at the district's new headquarters building, 1250 West Broadway Avenue.
  • Thursday, Nov. 29, at 6 p.m. at the start of the monthly Area C Parents' Meeting at Jefferson Community School, 1200 West 26th Street.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. at district headquarters. 

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