Voters approve Hinton sales tax measure

Friday, March 10, 2023
Voters in the Hinton Community School District gave their approval to a new revenue purpose statement which will allow the district to use SAVE funds for a variety of needs. The district will be undertaking a facilities assessment of current and future needs.
(Sentinel Photo by Sarah LaBrune-Jongeling)

HINTON — Voters in the Hinton Community School District took to the polls on Tuesday and approved a 28-year revenue purpose statement (RPS).

The RPS dictates how school districts can use Secure and Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) funds, formerly called the penny sales tax. The RPS, which was created in 2008, uses the SAVE funds for building maintenance or new buildings along with ensuring students are able to enter the workforce with good career preparation.

Voters in the Hinton district approved the measure by 85 percent. The measure expires in 2051.

There were 180 “yes” votes and 30 “no” votes. The proposal needed 50 percent plus one to pass.

Plymouth County Auditor Stacey Feldman noted there were no absentee ballots cast in person or sent via the mail for this election.

“It’s a good sign of support from the community,” said Ken Slater, Hinton superintendent. “We are thankful for the reliable funding stream for future projects.”

In addition to the buildings, there is a long list of items the SAVE funds may be used for, including, but not limited to:

• Install new technology for school safety and security,

• repair transportation equipment,

• purchase construction materials for student-constructed building or shed,

• assist with property tax relief,

• assist with demolition and cleanup if a disaster occurs.

Hinton Community School District is working with the Minnesota firm SitelogIQ. The firm completed a facilities assessment of current and future school needs in Hinton. Next the district is planning community engagement meetings, and will determine what is possible considering the SAVE funds and the bonding capacity of the district.

“They have really given us some great information to use in the future,” said Slater.

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