May 3 Substitute Levy FAQ

Last Updated: 4/28/2022 4:22 PM

INFORMATIONAL VIDEO

BREAKING DOWN THE MAY 3RD BALLOT LANGUAGE

What are the elements of the levy?

  • This is a 12.1 mill-levy combining two existing emergency levies into one single ballot issue called a substitute combined renewal. 

How is this levy different from the substitute levy that was not approved in November 2021?

  • The May 3, 2022 substitute levy is a reduced millage of 12.1-mills, compared to 12.5-mills in November 2021. The reduced millage is based on the current valuation of the district. Aside from the reduced millage, the two levies are identical.

Why is the millage of the May 3, 2022 substitute levy lower than the millage of the November 2021 substitute levy?

  • Both substitute levies raise the same amount of money for the district’s operations. The millage is slightly lower because the total valuation of all properties in the district has increased over last year.

Why is the district seeking a substitute levy?

• New growth in revenue from everyone paying their “fair share” as new people or businesses move into the District.

• This increases funding available for new students who move into the district as a result of the new construction.

Why is the district seeking a continuing levy?

• Continuing levies do not expire

• Stabilizes our local taxes

• Saves local tax base money in levy expenses for renewals

What do the existing levies fund?

• The levies generate about $4.7 million a year for the district’s general fund. The general fund pays for operating expenses for the district like supplies, utilities, salaries, materials, and programs.

What happens if the levy is not renewed before it expires?

• The district would need to cut about $4.7 million from its operating budget.

When do the current levies expire?

• The 2012 levy is set to expire on December 31, 2022.

• The 2014 levy is set to expire on December 31, 2024.

• If the substitute levy is approved, both existing levies would expire as of December 31, 2022, and would no longer be collected.

Is the substitute levy needed because of the new elementary school?

No. The substitute levy is a renewal of existing levies that help fund the district’s operations every year. Even if the facilities project had not happened, the levies would still need to be renewed.