NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a special election has been called and will be held in and for Independent School District No. 883 (Rockford Area Schools), State of Minnesota, on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, for the purpose of voting on the following questions:

    School District Question 1
    Approval of School District Referendum Revenue Authorization
    The board of Independent School District No. 883 (Rockford Area Schools) has proposed to increase its general education revenue by $1,142 per pupil. The proposed referendum revenue authorization would be applicable for ten years unless otherwise revoked or reduced as provided by law.

    School District Question 2
    Approval of Capital Project Levy Authorization to Fund Technology
    The board of Independent School District No. 883 (Rockford Area Schools) has proposed a capital project levy authorization in the amount of 3.679% times the net tax capacity of the school district.  The proposed capital project levy authorization will raise approximately $399,500 for taxes payable in 2018, the first year it is to be levied, and would be authorized for ten years.  The estimated total cost of the projects to be funded over that time period is approximately $3,995,000.  The money raised by this authorization will provide funds for the acquisition, installation, replacement, support and maintenance of software, computers, mobile devices, improved technology, technology systems, networks, infrastructure, office and instructional technology, and related training.

    Passage of Question 1 or Question 2 will result in an increase in your property taxes.
    The annual dollar increases for typical residential homesteads, apartments, commercial-industrial properties, and most other classes of property within the school district are as shown in this link.
    For agricultural property (both homestead and non-homestead), the taxes for School District Question 1 will be based on the value of the house, garage and surrounding one acre of land only.  There will be no referendum taxes for School District Question 1 paid on the value of other agricultural lands and buildings.  For seasonal residential recreational property (i.e. cabins), there will be no taxes paid for School District Question 1


    CAMPAIGNING PRACTICES INFORMATION (Link to MN Secretary of State site)
    Campaign Finance Reports Filed
    Initial Report 1
    Report 2

    Report 3

    Report 4

    The combined polling place for this election and the precincts served by that polling place will be as follows:
    COMBINED POLLING PLACE:                   Rockford High School/
                                                                            Community Center
                                                                            7600 County Road 50
                                                                            Rockford, Minnesota
    This combined polling place serves all territory in Independent School District No.  883 located in the City of Rockford, the City of Greenfield, the City of Corcoran, the City of Medina, the City of Maple Grove, the City of Independence*, and the City of Hanover; and Rockford and Franklin Townships; Wright and Hennepin Counties, Minnesota. *Since the City of Independence is also holding their city council elections on November 7, 2017, residents of Independent School District No. 883 and the City of Independence will vote at Independence City Hall.
    Any eligible voter residing in the school district may vote at said election at the combined polling place designated above for the precinct in which he or she resides.  The polls for said election will be opened at 7:00 o'clock a.m. and will close at 8:00 o'clock p.m., on the date of said election.
    A voter must be registered to vote to be eligible to vote in this election.  An unregistered individual may register to vote at the polling place on election day.

    EARLY (
    District residents can apply for an absentee ballot by email, mail or fax. Return the AB application to Rockford Area Schools District Office by mail, fax or email.

    For your ballot to count, remember this important information:

    1. Read the instructions that come with your ballot carefully.

    2. You will need a witness when you vote and complete your ballot. The witness can be either a registered Minnesota voter or a notary.

    3. Mail the ballot and forms back right away after you finish. Your ballot will not count if it is received after Election Day.   

    4. You can vote early with an absentee ballot at your district administrative office. If you are not registered, you can do so in person if you show proof of residence.