ISD 621 School Board Members have been meeting with city council members in cities within the school district’s boundaries recently to garner support from the public for a proposed tax levy renewal referendum that will appear on the ballot on Nov. 5.
On Monday, Oct. 14 District 621 School Board Member Bob Helgeson and District 621 Superintendent Dan Hoverman met with the Arden Hills City Council to address the matter of levy renewal. In his presentation to the council, Helgeson noted that levy funding is vital to the district’s Equity Promise, which he said is a commitment to make sure all students attending Mounds View Schools are prepared for post-secondary success, regardless of race, class or disability.
Voters will elect three residents to serve four-year terms on the Mounds View School Board, ISD 621 on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
In that race, incumbents Jon Tynjala, Marre Jo Sager, Greg Madsen and challenger John Hakes will be competing for the three open seats.
On Nov. 5, voters will also decide whether or not the district will continue to receive its $11.5 million annual property tax levy for another 10 years. If the levy is renewed it would begin in 2015 and continue through 2023. ISD 621 currently receives nearly 30 percent of its funding through property taxes.
The city of New Brighton will hold an election for the open city council and mayor seats in November.
Incumbents Gina Bauman and Char Samuelson are vying for two open council seats, as are challengers Mary Kunesh-Podein, Brian Strub and Graeme Allen.
Incumbent mayor Dave Jacobsen and current City Council Member Mary Burg will face off in New Brighton’s mayoral race.
To address a controversy that seems to be growing in New Brighton, the city council recently established an urban farming task force, charged with making recommendations to the council on all things grown on a farm, from apples to zucchini, from pigs to butterflies.
But chickens seem to be at the core of the issue, and that will likely be the focus of the group.
The Mounds View School Board unanimously approved a resolution to put a levy renewal referendum on the ballot in November.
The district has been receiving $11.5 million annually from a voter approved property tax levy, which began in 2006 and will expire at the end of 2014.
A 51-year-old Minneapolis man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the stabbing death of 49-year-old Mounds View resident Perry David Paulson.
Ramsey County Attorney’s Office spokesman Dennis Gerhardstein said Stephen Edward Gooler pleaded guilty to second-degree unintentional murder in August.
Linder’s Garden Center will likely be closed by mid-November.
After more than 100 years in business, Linder’s Greenhouses will be saying its final farewell to the Twin Cities Area.
“The Linder family has made the decision to close Linder’s Greenhouses Inc.,” the company announced last week. “We will be having an orderly wind down of the business in the coming weeks. We would like to thank all of our customers, our staff and the Twin Cities community for their support in our 100+ years of business.”