MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The number of Minnesota schools looking for taxpayers help is down this year.

According to the Minnesota School Boards Association, about 30 schools initially indicated they would hold tax levy referendums by the Friday deadline. That's compared to 133 from the year before.

ROCORI and Sauk Rapids-Rice both will have tax levy questions on the ballots this November.

Gary Amoroso, executive director of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators, says it's a logical decrease because the number was so high last year. He says the schools trying this year didn't meet their needs last year.

Many school officials say they don't want to risk losing voters to the noise coming from the president campaigns and they'll wait until next year.

Others are waiting for a clearer picture from the state on the future of education funding.

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