SF177 – the equalization bill – has been moved from the Senate Education Finance Committee to the Senate Tax Committee. As the author of the bill is the Chair of the Tax Committee, the bill will definitely be heard in the Senate. The level of support in the House is not clear. So if you haven’t done so, please take the time to contact your legislators.
With SF177 (Skoe-DFL-Clearbrook) to reference, email your legislators and leadership asking them to support this legislation that makes school levies more affordable in low property wealth districts. Always include the bill number, SF177 in this case.
For background information . . .SEE’s pizza video defines the problem. This chart shows the cost to the local taxpayer in each school district for the same levy amount for their schools. Without adequate equalization, some district taxpayers pay two or three times more.
Key concepts that you can to get started:
- Support SF177 to reduce the gaps in educational opportunities based on zip code and provide fairness for taxpayers in your community.
- Inadequate state funding makes our schools dependent on voter-approved levies just to provide the basics for our students.
- The disparity in the amount of levy dollars raised from one district to the next puts many children at a distinct disadvantage due to lost opportunities,
- Increasing equalization will lower the cost of levies in school districts without significant commercial or industrial developments.
- The state has a constitutional obligation to fund schools fairly for all kids.
- The time is now!
Legislators need to hear from you! You can put these concepts into your own words, don’t worry about touching on them all or getting everything right, just share your personal concerns.
Always include your name and address in the email.
Be sure to copy these key leaders in your email:
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