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Mill Levy Election Coming Up


January 11, 2019

by Kirk Carpenter, Special to TALON

Please check your mail for a ballot asking you to approve the continuation of the mill levy funding that we receive in our district. The ballot question is asking to authorize a property tax of $2.00 per each $1,000.00 of net taxable value of the property allocated to the District under the Property Tax Code for the property tax years 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024. The purpose of voting yes for the continuation of the mill levy funding is to ensure the District and Mosaic Academy have the funds to provide capital improvements which may include erecting;

remodeling, making additions to, providing equipment for or furnishing public school buildings

purchasing or improving public school grounds

maintenance of public school buildings or public school grounds, including the purchasing or repairing of maintenance equipment, participating in the facility information management system as required by the Public School Capital Outlay Act and including payments under contracts with regional education cooperatives for maintenance support services and expenditures for technical training and certification for maintenance and facilities management personnel purchasing activity vehicles for transporting students to extracurricular school activities purchasing computer software and hardware for student use in public school classrooms.

This funding excludes salary expenses of District employees.

Mill money is very important to our district and fills the educational gap in the operational fund. Although we cannot ask voters to vote yes, we do ask that you vote so your voice can be heard. In the past all registered voters had to go to the polls and vote, but now the ballot will be MAILED to the voters in an envelope with return postage paid. The ballot is due by 7:00 pm, February 5, 2019 at the County Clerk’s office. The last date to mail the ballot is January 31, 2019, otherwise, drop off the ballot at the County Clerk’s office before 7:00 pm on February 5, 2019. It is important that we have all taxpayers within our district vote. One of our major uses of Mill money as a district has been and will continue to be utilizing it on school safety issues.

On average, we receive about $1.3 million a year in mill money, but for the past few years, we have been well under this average.   We allocate about $1 million of this to operate our maintenance and technology departments, not for salaries, but for equipment and supplies, and then each school is given an allocation to help with their equipment needs for our students and staff to improve learning and the learning environments for our students and staff. Normally there would not be any kind of tax increase, but because our current mill is $1.871 due to the failed in 2011-2012 election, we are now moving it back to a normal yield of 2.00. Put in financial terms: “The "yield control" law can cause the operational and 2-mill levies to fluctuate, but will never exceed 2.00.  In the present situation the 2-mill levy is actually 1.871 so re-authorizing it at 2.000 is a technical increase.”  The dollar increase is small but we still have to declare it as an increase. This means that there will be a minimal increase in property taxes. Our estimates at the current market value are as follows:

Full Taxable Value Net Taxable Value* Annual Change in Tax Year

$90,000 $30,000 $3.87

$120,000 $40,000 $5.16

$150,000 $50,000 $6.45

$180,000 $60,000 $7.74

$200,000 $66,667 $8.60

*Net taxable value is computed as follows: 100% of market value of property divided by 3

We never take any kind of increase lightly when it comes to property taxes, but the impact to our district and students is paramount. More than ever before in education it is imperative that we provide our students and staff with the things they need to ensure high levels of learning. The mill money we receive in our district is vital, and we honestly cannot operate without it. Without these funds, we would have to utilize our operational funds, and we are not in a position to do that as we do not receive near enough funding from the state to offset any of these costs. We all know the importance of investing in our schools, and more importantly our students. We appreciate all the support you have given us over the years. The students of today are our future leaders of tomorrow, so providing them with the best education is essential.


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