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Base for Kids Presentation


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Base 4 Kids is a non-profit organization promoting renewal of the operating levy for Inver Grove Heights (MN) schools. This is the presentation we are giving to community groups. For more information, please visit

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Base for Kids Presentation

  1. 1. District 199’s Levy Referendum Facts presented by: BASE for Kids (Building A Stronger Education for Kids) Helping keep our schools strong! Thank you for supporting our outstanding students and staff!
  2. 2. Thanks IGH – for a great learning environment! After: Before:
  3. 3. DID YOU KNOW….. District 199 residents have the opportunity to vote on a levy referendum on November 4 th ? Renewing the levy referendum will NOT increase your school taxes.
  4. 4. DID YOU KNOW….. <ul><li>Schools have TWO basic funds: </li></ul><ul><li>Operating Funds: </li></ul><ul><li>pay for the costs of running the school district day to day, such as: </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher salaries </li></ul><ul><li>Busing </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum Materials </li></ul><ul><li>Capital Funds: </li></ul><ul><li>cover costs of new construction or renovation of buildings, such as: </li></ul><ul><li>New roofs </li></ul><ul><li>Updated building spaces </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance equipment </li></ul>
  5. 5. DID YOU KNOW….. <ul><li>You cannot mix the 2 types of funds! Capital dollars are only for capital expenses; Operating funds can only be spent on daily operations. </li></ul><ul><li>Levy referenda are for operating schools and classrooms, paying for staffing, busing and curriculum materials </li></ul>
  6. 6. DID YOU KNOW….. Levy referenda are used as part of the general fund, not excess, but part of the overall budget Voting YES in the November election for the RENEWAL of the expiring operating levy will NOT increase your school taxes
  7. 7. DID YOU KNOW….. Prepared by Ehlers and Associates, Inc. IGH pays the lowest school taxes in 14 neighboring school districts!
  8. 8. DID YOU KNOW….. Voting YES will keep IGH as the lowest school taxed city within the 14 neighboring districts!
  9. 9. Cost to You School Tax Payments Average Home Value in IGH = $225,000 Current Levy Cost = $126.00 ANNUALLY; $10.50 MONTHLY New Levy Cost = $123.00 $10.25 Market Value Annual Current Levy Costs (Expiring) New 2009 Annual Levy Costs Difference $100,000 $56.00 $55.00 ($1.00) $125,000 $70.00 $68.00 ($2.00) $150,000 $84.00 $82.00 ($2.00) $175,000 $98.00 $95.00 ($3.00) $200,000 $112.00 $109.00 ($3.00) $225,000 $126.00 $123.00 ($3.00) $250,000 $140.00 $136.00 ($4.00) $275,000 $153.00 $150.00 ($3.00) $300,000 $167.00 $164.00 ($3.00) $350,000 $195.00 $191.00 ($4.00) $400,000 $223.00 $218.00 ($5.00) $450,000 $251.00 $245.00 ($6.00) $500,000 $279.00 $273.00 ($6.00) $600,000 $335.00 $327.00 ($8.00) $800,000 $446.00 $436.00 ($10.00) $1,000,000 $558.00 $545.00 ($13.00) $2,000,000 $1,116.00 $1,091.00 ($25.00)
  10. 10. DID YOU KNOW….. The operating levy is a 10 year continuation, a renewal of the existing operating levy at it’s current tax level. School taxes will not increase as a result of this levy renewal. They will remain at the rate set back in 1998.
  11. 11. DID YOU KNOW….. The revenues from this levy will help support student programs, staff and operation of school buildings.
  12. 12. Our district's percentage of spending on student instruction and support, over 72%, is above the state average and ranks 5 th highest among 12 area school districts!   DID YOU KNOW…..
  13. 13. Market values are increasing, school taxes decreasing.  School taxes in 2007 are lower than in 2001 for most district properties, even taking into account the estimated 9% increase in valuation per year. DID YOU KNOW…..
  14. 14. DID YOU KNOW….. Mandated programs by the State and Government are not always fully funded .  The district has to pay for the remaining portion out of the general fund .  In the past five years, the district has spent over $2 million funding these types of mandates.
  15. 15. DID YOU KNOW….. The district made $1.2 million in cuts for the 2008/2009 school year? Cuts Included: - Administrative Staff - Teaching staff - Electives - Family Science - Paraprofessionals - Supplies Results: Increased class sizes and less student support staff.
  16. 16. <ul><li>Larger class sizes across the board </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in the number of study halls per trimester </li></ul><ul><li>Less student support (continued reduction in building admin student support) </li></ul><ul><li>Less building upkeep </li></ul><ul><li>Less transportation (busing) </li></ul><ul><li>Less curriculum choice at secondary levels </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer extra curricular activities </li></ul><ul><li>Additional reductions in certified staff </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum review cycle delayed or frozen </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in activity fees </li></ul><ul><li>More competition as students leave for districts with higher levy support </li></ul>Potential Impacts of Levy Not Passing $2.8 Million in Cuts