Dear Members of the Maple River Community:
Since 2015, the Maple River School District has held three facility bond referendums that did not win voter approval. After the 2018 bond referendum failed, we knew that we had to go back to the drawing board and create a plan that meets the needs of the community while addressing the financial challenges of operating our aging buildings.
To gauge the support of the community, we worked with School Perceptions LLC, an independent firm, to conduct a community survey. Fifty-seven percent of people that participated support building a PK-12th grade facility to serve all students. With your feedback, we are seeking a fourth referendum to build one facility that will support the future generations of Maple River.
Many of us in the Maple River community have voiced our concerns at the state level regarding the significant tax burden on agriculture property owners when funding school building projects. In the 2019 legislative session, state legislators passed an amendment that will increase the Ag2School tax credit on school bonds to 70% over the next three years. The credit will increase to 50% for taxes payable in 2020, 55% in 2021, 60% in 2022, and 70% thereafter. This tax credit will result in over half of the total cost being covered by the State.
In the weeks leading up to the special election on February 11th, 2020, we will be sending out information to keep you informed on the total cost of this investment, the property tax relief for agricultural landowners, and the benefits to the students, teachers and the larger community.
If you have questions or would like to be more involved, please feel free to contact any Board member listed below. Visit the Ag2School website for more information on the tax credit.
The election will be held on February 11th, 2020 with polling places in Amboy, Good Thunder, Mapleton, and Minnesota Lake.