Levy Renewal 2020
One question on the Nov. 3 ballot: Renewal of an existing levy
On Tuesday, November 3, 2020, Fridley Public Schools district residents will be asked to renew an existing capital projects levy. This is a renewal of an existing levy that was last approved by voters in 2011.
Over the past 10 years, funds raised by the capital projects levy have helped support technology upgrades and deferred maintenance projects in our schools and district buildings. This capital projects levy was first approved by Fridley voters in 2002, and renewed in November 2011.
The proposed renewal will generate approximately $1,060,000 a year and will be applicable for 10 years. The money raised through the renewal will be used to cover cost related to:
- Deferred maintenance and renovation projects at various sites and facilities
- Technology devices for teaching and learning for students and staff
- Improved technology infrastructure to support online learning
- Renovate existing spaces to better meet the educational needs and safety of students.
This is a renewal of an existing levy and not a new tax.
Click below to watch an informational video on the Fridley Public Schools Capital Projects Levy Renewal:
providing access to modern technology
21st century technology to maximize our students’ learning capabilities
The district has relied on the capital projects levy for the past 10 years to provide both students and staff access to modern, updated technology. The need for technology is increasing even more now that we are in the midst of many unknowns with the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether accessing instruction and learning materials in school or at home, our students need up to date technology, and our teachers need technological capacity to provide instruction and connect with students in real time. Our 1:1 device ratio allows students to have a device at home to support a hybrid or distance learning model.
Should our community approve the renewal of the levy, funds raised by the levy will be used to:
- Update student and staff computers and upgrade technology infrastructure at each school and district buildings.
maintaining our aging buildings & facilities
Protecting the community’s investment in its schools
Fridley Middle School (oldest, pictured right) was built in 1954 and Stevenson Elementary School (newest) was built in 1967. With aging infrastructure, renovation projects are necessary to maintain the upkeep of the buildings and, therefore, protect the community’s investments in its schools.
The capital projects levy provides much-needed funding to allow for the maintenance and care of our aging buildings such as repairing roofs, floors, upgrading and replacing windows and doors with units that provide more security, and upgrading heating and ventilation (HVAC) systems and fire suppression upgrades, as well as addressing modification and installations that enhance the safety and security of our schools and buildings.
If the levy is approved, it will provide much-needed funds to address some immediate deferred maintenance projects over the next 10 years.
Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Your polling location is based on your residence address. Please visit mnvotes.org to learn more about registering to vote and to find your polling location.
Particularly this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, residents may be interested in early voting and casting an absentee ballot. Early voting began on September 18, 2020 and will continue through November 2, 2020. To vote early, you must submit a Absentee Ballot Application on the Secretary of State website.
Vote Early by Mail
One way to vote early is by receiving a ballot in the mail. You may request an Absentee Ballot from the Minnesota Secretary of State online, or print an Absentee Ballot Application, and your ballot will be mailed to your home. Included with your ballot is a pre-paid return envelope, which goes directly to the Anoka County Elections Office for counting.
Vote Early in Person
Fridley school district residents can vote early with an Absentee Ballot at the Fridley Civic Campus, 7071 University Ave NE, Fridley, MN 55432. After submitting an Absentee Ballot Application, you will be given a ballot and be able to cast it in person that day. Please visit the City of Fridley website at: www.ci.fridley.mn.us for additional information.
It is the responsibility of the school district to provide you with information you need to make a decision regarding the proposed capital projects levy renewal. We encourage you to contact us with questions about the levy renewal.