Voters in 60 Minnesota school districts will go to the polls Nov. 7 for bond or operating referendum questions to fund needs in their school districts.  Seventeen of these districts will ask both types of questions.

Operating Referendums

Forty-eight school districts will ask for support of operating referendums. Thirty-five of these districts seek increases in operating referendums, roughly 10 percent of Minnesota’s school districts.

Nov 7 Operating Referendums Districts Seeking Increase Districts Asking for Renewal Only Totals
Rural 20 9 29
Metro 15 4 19
Totals 35 13 48


Since 2002, school districts have increasingly relied on the operating referendum and other local levies to meet the educational needs of students. When adjusted for inflation, the formula and other state general fund support has lost nearly $1,000 per pupil in buying power over the past 15 years.  Learn more

MREA can prepare a report for your district on your state and local funding since 2002.  Request a report here.

Bond Referendums

Thirty-nine districts are asking for approval for school building and technology bonds totaling nearly $1.7 billion on Nov. 7.  While the number of districts is nearly equal rural to metro, metro districts are seeking over twice as much in total bonded indebtedness.

Nov 7 Bond Questions Districts Bonded Indebtedness
Rural 21 $556 million
Metro 18 $1,136 million
Totals 39 $1,695 million

Recent Results

So far in 2017, as was in 2014-2016, rural voters have turned down more bond questions than they have approved.  This is the opposite trend for metro school districts.

2017 Bond Questions January-September Passed Failed Totals
Rural 8 14 22
Metro 2 1 3
Totals 10 15 25

New Bonus

New this year for Greater Minnesota schools is the 40 percent Ag2School Bond Credit to provide a fairer state share of the costs of facilities to education Minnesota’s rural students.  Learn more

View list of Operating Referendums

View list of Bond Questions

A special thanks to MSBA for providing the election lists.

Join the discussion One Comment