2019 referendum

The 2019 referendum request is non-recurring, meaning the school board would have to return to voters in the future if the district hopes to keep the levy at the increased rate.


The Osceola School Board on Jan. 9 approved a resolution to ask voters for increased operations funding in the spring election. If approved, the first increase would go into effect next school year.

The district is requesting a non-recurring, stepped increase as follows:

$1.5 million for the 2019-2020 school year.

$1.75 million for 2020-2021. 

$2.25 million for 2021-2022.

$2.75 million for 2022-2023.

In its final year, the increase is about $1 million less than the district asked for in 2017, a request voters rejected. The 2017 request started at $950,000 in fall 2017, increasing over the course of four years to reach $3.8 million. 

That increase would have been recurring, or permanent. The 2019 request is non-recurring, allowing voters to reassess their position in a future election.

School district residents will vote to approve or reject the increase in April 2.

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