• What is a Capital Project Levy Referendum?

    • This is a request of voters to renew a levy for the purpose of providing maintenance of district buildings and grounds including roofs, brick tuck pointing, case work, athletic facilities, windows and doors, plumbing, parking and drives, signage, siding, and mechanical systems. Additionally, Capital Project Levy can be used for maintaining safety and security, providing district technology including acquisition, installation, replacement, support and maintenance of software, improved technology, technology systems, network and infrastructure, and related training.

    What is the exact question for the Capital Project Levy Referendum?

    • The board of Independent School District No. 13 (Columbia Heights Public Schools), Minnesota has proposed to renew its capital project levy, scheduled to expire after taxes payable in 2024, at the maximum amount of 5.67% times the net tax capacity of the school district. The proposed renewal of the expiring capital project levy authorization will raise approximately $1,994,898 for taxes payable in 2025, the first year it is to be levied, and would be authorized for ten (10) years. The estimated total cost of the projects to be funded over that time period is approximately $19,948,980. The money raised by the proposed authorization will be used to cover the following costs: deferred maintenance projects at various district facilities, including Safety and Security improvements; tuckpointing; repair and replacement of casework; plumbing repair and replacement; parking and driveway improvements; repair of water damage and siding repair and replacement; and mechanical and signage improvements; and acquisition, installation, replacement, support and maintenance of software, improved technology, technology systems, network and infrastructure, and related training. The projects to be funded have received a positive review and comment from the Commissioner of Education.
    • "Shall the renewal of the expiring capital project levy authorization proposed by the board of Independent School District No. 13 (Columbia Heights Public Schools), Minnesota be approved?

    Do renters directly have to pay for an operating levy or capital project levy?

    • No, only property owners in Columbia Heights Public Schools boundaries directly pay these levies.

    What was the 2014 Capital Project Levy for?

    • The 2014 voter approved Capital Project Levy was to provide plumbing, roofing and other maintenance, along with an investment in educational technology. Learn more about the 2014 Capital Project Levy.