2014 Bond Referendum: Invest Today. Impact Tomorrow.

2014 Bond Referendum: Invest Today. Impact Tomorrow.

What is a Bond?
A bond referendum is used for building costs and maintenance projects.  Funds pay for expenses such as maintenance repairs, building additions and technology upgrades. This is not to be confused with a levy referendum, in which funds are used for expenses such as supplies, utilities and salaries. The November 4 election is a bond referendum.  

On the November 4 Ballot
On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose  residents will go to the polls to vote on a bond referendum for BHM Schools. The funding from the bond (approximately $33 million) will be spent over a period of five years and will go to towards:

Safety and Security
Improve entrances at Discovery, Hanover and Tatanka Elementary Schools; security cameras district-wide; and intercom system upgrades at Northwinds Elementary and the high school.

Updates include district-wide infrastructure improvements, and hardware and software upgrades.

Deferred Maintenance
This includes projects such as roof replacements (seven out of nine buildings); HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) upgrades; parking lot and sidewalk repairs and replacements; floor, window and door upgrades; outdoor equipment replacement; mechanical system upgrades; and HVAC and water filtration replacement at the middle school pool.

Building Additions
More classroom space would be added at Tatanka Elementary and the high school.

Activity Venues
Updates include improvements to the middle school ball fields, and field additions and improvements at the high school.

Bond Details by School Building

Each school in the district will see improvements in their school as a result of this bond. See the included graphics and details for a more specific list of how the bond funding will benefit each school.

Questions and More Information

Questions and More Information

If you have questions or comments about the bond referendum, please contact us.

Sample Ballot
Friday Sep 19, 14

Sample Ballot (PDF - 72.75 KB)

See a sample of the bond question that will be on the November 4, 2014 election ballot. 

Schedule a Bond Presentation

Schedule a Bond Presentation

If your neighborhood or organization would like to have a short presentation about the bond election made to your group, please contact Anita Underberg in the BHM Superintendent's Office at 763-682-8706 to schedule a date.

Tax Impact
Friday Sep 19, 14

Tax Impact (PDF - 107.17 KB)

If the 2014 BHM bond referendum passes, the annual tax impact on an average $200,000 home would be an estimated increase of $88 per year ($7.33 per month). Click on this chart to see the estimated tax impact on your property.

Tax Calculator

Calculate the tax impact for your property by plugging in your numbers to our tax calculator.

When and Where to Vote

When and Where to Vote

When to Vote

Tuesday, November 4

Polls Open: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where to Vote

Because this is a general election, district residents will vote in their regular polling places. To find out where you vote, you can visit the state's Polling Place Finder.

Absentee Ballot Information2

Absentee Ballot Information

In Minnesota, voters no longer need a reason to vote absentee. There are several ways to vote absentee. The Minnesota Secretary of State's website has more information on How to Vote Absentee. You can alsoRequest an Absentee Ballot by Mail, Fax or Email.

Review and Comment on the School Construction Project Proposal of BHM Schools

The Review and Comment is the information that the district has to provide to the Department of Education in order to get approval to run a bond election.

Wednesday Oct 15, 14

BHM Schools Special Election Notice (PDF - 59.71 KB)

This is the official document from the BHM School Board announcing the special bond election that will be held during the general election on November 4, 2014.