- See also: School bond and tax elections in Minnesota
Minnesota requires a ballot measure to issue new bonding for schools, to exceed the revenue cap, or to equalize a levy. Minnesota only mandates a simple majority for passing school bond ballot measures, however the measures must be placed in a goldenrod ballot separate from the main ballot during an election. Also, citizens are granted the right to petition for special elections related to school bonds.
This veto referendum has been proposed by opponents of state and local funding for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium. The county plans to cover the cost by increasing its sales tax by half of one percent. While tax increases of this kind normally require voter approval, the Target Field project circumvented this process via state law. However, supporters of the referendum contend that if no prior vote on the tax is allowed, a veto referendum after passage of the plan is still legally possible.
Inver Groves Heights School District Referendum
The Inver Groves Heights School District 199 is asking voters to renew a $1.6 million-per-year operating levy that was first voted on in 1998. The levy would increase taxes on an average home by approximately $10.25 per month.
South St. Paul Special District Referendum
The South St. Paul Special School District 6 is asking voters to renew and increase the school district's annual capital project levy authorization of $658,471. Some of this proposed levy would replace the existing levy, which is due to expire in 2009, and the rest is additional. The levy would increase taxes on an average home by approximately $1.00 per month.
Ramsey County won't vote on electing sheriffs
Members of the appointed 17-member Ramsey County Charter Commission voted on May 6 not to place a question on the November ballot in Ramsey County that would have chosen whether or not future sheriffs of the county should be elected or appointed.