2021 Levy

On November 2, 2021, School District 197 is seeking voter approval of a renewal of the district's current operating levy. The operating levy, which was approved by voters in 2011, will expire this year if voters do not approve the new levy. 

On the November 2, 2021, ballot, voters will see one question regarding the levy:

QUESTION 1 proposes to renew the school district’s existing referendum revenue authorization of $224.48 per pupil which is scheduled to expire after taxes payable in 2021. The proposed referendum revenue authorization would increase each year by the rate of inflation, beginning with taxes payable in 2022, unless otherwise revoked or reduced as provided by law.

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How will the funds be used?If approved, the operating levy funds will enable the school district to:

  • Sustain current programs and services
  • Maintain current class sizes across all grade levels



If approved, the new levy will be in effect...

Total School Property Taxes

Every school district in Minnesota has an operating levy in place to fund a portion of student education. This chart represents the total school property taxes payable 2021 on a home with an estimated market value of $301,500 for a number of school districts in the Twin Cities metro area. Of the 42 school districts that are a part of the Association of Metropolitan School Districts in the Twin Cities, School District 197 ranks #36 in total school property taxes per student.

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Operating Levy Information Video

Tax Impact on Local Property Owners

If approved by local voters, the operating levy renewal will not result in any new taxes for homeowners.

Calculate Your Tax Impact

To calculate the tax impact for your property, please click this button and follow the instructions.


Questions?If you have any questions or need additional information, please reach out via one of the following ways:

  • Email your question to levy2021@isd197.org
  • Call 651-403-7008
  • Attend a community meeting (see below)

We will start publishing frequently asked questions as we receive them.


Community Information Meetings

School District 197 will be hosting two community meetings that are open to anyone in the community who would like to gather more information about the November 2, 2021 Operating Levy Election. Please join us and bring your friends and neighbors!

  • October 6 @ 6:30 p.m.: Friendly Hills Middle School Cafeteria (701 Mendota Heights Rd. in Mendota Heights)
  • October 13 @ 6:30 p.m.: Heritage E-STEM Magnet School Cafeteria (121 W. Butler Ave. in West St. Paul)

We will start publishing frequently asked questions as we receive them.