The Brainerd School District now has an informational website about the Nov. 8 operating levy vote.
Brainerd Superintendent Steve Razidlo discussed the website at Monday’s school board meeting.
A link to the levy site can be found by visiting the district’s website, www.isd181.org, and by clicking on the large blue star on the front page titled “2011 operating levy information and resources.”
The site explains what is at risk if the operating levy fails to pass Nov. 8. It also provides voting information and visitors may download an absentee ballot application.
Voters who wish to vote by absentee ballot may do so now at the Crow Wing County Auditor’s Office. This is a change from the 2007 operating levy referendum when absentee ballots were accepted at the school district office.
Visitors may calculate the tax impact of the referendum on their own school taxes. If you don’t know the estimated market value of your home or business, the website will link you to the Crow Wing or Cass counties tax information search page, which allows you to search for your property to find the estimated market value by entering your address.
The levy information on the website will also be presented at three upcoming informational sessions. The sessions are scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at Forestview Middle School in Baxter, Oct. 27 at Brainerd High School and Nov. 1 at Nisswa Elementary School.
On Oct. 17, the district will be mailing out informational brochures about the levy referendum to about 21,000 households in the district.
The district is asking taxpayers to support a renewal of the existing $199.24 per pupil operating levy on the first referendum question and an additional $200 per pupil operating levy on the second question during the Nov. 8 general election.