BHM Operating Levy Election–Tuesday, November 5, 2019
When and Where to Vote on Election Day
Polls are Open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Vote at Buffalo High School--877 Bison Blvd, Buffalo, MN if you live in:
City of Buffalo Precincts 1, 2, 3, 4
Townships: Buffalo, Chatham, Maple Lake, Monticello and Rockford
Vote at Montrose Community Center--200 Center Ave S, Montrose MN if you live in:
City of Montrose
Townships: Franklin, Marysville and Woodland
Vote at Hanover City Hall--11250 5th St NE, Hanover, MN
City of Hanover, Corcoran, Greenfield and St. Michael
City of Rogers Precinct 2
Meet the Matters
On November 5, 2019 the district is asking residents to vote on an operating levy referendum that will increase funding by $750 per student (this is NOT the tax impact amount for residents--See the chart below). Funds from an operating levy go to pay for salaries, supplies and other operating expenses.
In November 2018, the school district failed to pass a levy that would help provide funds to operate the district. As a result, the district made about $1.3 in budget reductions for the 2019-20 school year. The district asked residents to participate in a district-wide survey for feedback. The results of that survey were shared with the school board in June. Based on the recommendations from the independent survey company and the BHM Director of Finance and Operations, the school board decided to ask residents for a $750 per student operating levy election this November. Below are documents that will provide more details regarding the district's financial situation.
If the Operating Levy Referendum is Approved
The high-quality programs and services already provided by BHM Schools will be maintained; no additional reductions will be necessary. However, this will not restore any of the reductions made for the 2019-20 school year.
If the Operating Levy Referendum Fails
The school board has already determined a list of reductions, totaling $2.9 million, that will need to be made to help balance the budget. Some of the reductions include:
- Cut 22 teachers, 1 administration and 11 other staff
- Close Phoenix Learning Center
- Close Discovery Elementary
- Cut Quest (gifted program)
- Cut the wRight Choice program (alternative for out-of-school suspension)
- Cut 6 activities at Buffalo High School
- Cut ALL middle school activities
- Cut 3 regular bus routes (longer ride times and longer walking distances)
See a more complete list below.
When and Where to Vote
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 from 7 am-8 pm
Buffalo High School–877Bison Blvd, Buffalo MN
Hanover City Hall–11250 5th St NE, Hanover, MN
Montrose Community Center–200 Center Ave S, Montrose, MN
Not sure where to vote? Poll Finder
Not sure you can get to the polls on Tuesday, November 5? Consider voting early. Fill out the form below and 1) mail to the address on the back, or 2) scan and email to the email address on back, or 3) take a photo of your completed ballot application and email to the email address on the back. A ballot will be mailed directly to you.
In-person early voting is open! Stop into the BHM District Office in Discovery Center at 214 - 1st Ave. NE, Buffalo, and vote. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm. Early voting takes place through Monday, November 4.