Referendum Information
The Vision for the Le Sueur-Henderson Public School District is to provide high quality curriculum, instruction and professional development that inspires a culture of excellence, integrity and collaboration.  Consistent with this vision, the School Board for ISD 2397 will pursue a referendum on November 7, 2017 with two questions.  In the first question, the District seeks to renew a 10 year operating levy for $190.09 per pupil unit.  This levy expires after the 2017-18 school year.  With the second question, the District is asking voters for an increase of $100 per pupil unit to its operating levy, specifically designated for purchase of curriculum, curriculum materials and instructional technology.  If the voters approve these questions, the District will begin receiving these revenues in the 2018-19 school year.

What is the Request?

On Monday, August 7, 2017, the Le Sueur-Henderson School Board passed a resolution authorizing the School District to hold a referendum on November 7, 2017. The purpose of the referendum is to seek approval from the voters on two questions.  

Question 1 would renew a 10 year operating levy for a $190.09 per pupil unit.  This levy expires after the 2017-18 school year.  


Question 2 is asking voters for a $100 per pupil unit increase to its operating levy, specifically designated for purchase of curriculum, curriculum materials and instructional technology.  Curriculum.  


If the voters approve these questions, the District will begin receiving these revenues in the 2018-19 School Year.

What will the funding be used for and why are there two questions?

The Le Sueur-Henderson School Board has approved asking voters two different questions.  

Question 1 is to renew existing funding levels which, if approved, the Board is committed to:

  • Maintaining small class sizes

  • Maintaining, expanding and improving opportunities for students

  • Ensuring continued investment in updating and aligning our curriculum to state standards and individualizing instruction for students

  • Attracting and retaining quality professionals with competitive employee agreements

  • Ensuring equitable access to, and responsible use of educational technology

  • Providing for the safety and security of our students

Question 2 is asking for an increase in revenues by approximately $100 per pupil unit.  If approved, the Board intends to designate these funds specifically to ensure a commitment to investing in purchasing curriculum, curriculum materials and instructional technology including:

  • Textbooks and work books for all grade levels

  • Curricular related materials including instructional items, industrial technology equipment and consumables

  • Technology for use by students in classrooms


How much will it cost me and does this tax apply to farmland?

The cost of operating levies is shared by homeowners and businesses. Farmers pay only on the house, garage and one acre (all other farmland is exempt). If question 1, renewal of the current operating levy is approved by voters, there is no tax increase expected related to this referendum.  Rather taxpayers would continue their current level of support which can be found on their individual property tax statements.  


If question 2 is passed, increasing the amount levied by $100 per pupil unit, the cost to the taxpayer can be found based on the market value of the home included in the table below.  For example, the impact on a home valued at $150,000 would be an increase in taxes of approximately $26.16/year or $2.18/month.  A $100/pupil increase would generate approximately $100,000 in revenue for Le Sueur-Henderson Public Schools.  

Referendum Market Value

Annual Increase for Question 2

($100/pupil unit increase)

$50,000

$8.72

$75,000

$13.08

$85,000

$14.83

$100,000

$17.44

$125,000

$21.80

$150,000

$26.16

$200,000

$34.89

$250,000

$43.61

$300,000

$52.33

$350,000

$61.05

$400,000

$69.77

$450,000

$78.49

$500,000

$87.21