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Bald Knob Public Schools
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MILLAGE QUESTIONS AND RESPONSES
What is the district asking?
What will the millage help us accomplish?
Why isn’t the district fixing identified issues rather than building a new elementary school?
Why is the district asking for a millage increase now?
Will the district receive any state funding toward the construction of a new elementary school and relocation of the power lines?
What is the district’s current millage rate?
What will the district’s millage rate be with 5.75 new mills?
Will the district refinance any current bond issues?
Will this millage sunset in 31 years?
What will a 5.75 mill increase cost me?
How can I calculate my expected increase in personal property taxes?
Who can I call to find out exactly how much my real and property taxes will increase if the 5.75 millage increase is approved by voters?
If the 5.75 mill increase is approved by the voters of the district, when will the increase begin?
If the 5.75 mill increase is approved by the voters of the district, how will Bald Knob compare to districts in White County and/or surrounding districts?
If the 5.75 millage increase is not approved by the voters of the district, what are the district’s next steps?
When was the last time the district asked for a millage increase?
What projects have been completed since the last millage increase in 2003?
When does early voting begin?
Has a previous millage increase not been approved by the voters of the district?
When will the new elementary school be completed?
Are the construction of the elementary school and/or relocating the power lines necessary?
Can the school district levy a sales and use tax instead of increasing property tax?
Why would the city levying a sales and use tax to pay for this building not meet the facilities needs of the district so that all taxpayers pay the same amount?
What will the ballot look like?
Why has the district maintained a balance in the building fund?
With a building fund balance of over $3 million, why has the district continued to absorb staff?
Why has the district maintained a balance in the building fund yet not increased staff salaries?
How is the district’s current operating budget used?
What caused fiscal distress in 2007?
How was the high school funded?
If we are declining in enrollment, how will we pay for these projects?
If we are declining in enrollment, why would we build a new elementary?
Will the new elementary also serve as a storm shelter for elementary students and staff?
What will the new elementary school and power line relocation projects do to promote the PHYSICAL SAFETY of our students and staff?
What will the new elementary school and power line relocation projects do to promote the HEALTH AND WELLNESS of our students and staff?
How will the new elementary school and power line relocation projects promote the ACADEMIC LEARNING AND SUCCESS of our students and staff?
For the local funding to complete the construction of a new elementary school and burying of the power lines, why do all the funds have to be raised via an increase millage?
Rather than generating local funds through an increased millage, could the district split it with a smaller millage increase and sales tax increase combined?
Are there any grants we could get that might be bigger and cover at least half of the needed money or more so residents weren’t having to raise as much?
Why is the district extending out the payment of the building for 31 years?
With the bond payments being extended to 31 years for the elementary school, what will the district do if major work is required in the middle or high school main buildings? Would a millage increase be required again?
Is there any way to fix the elementary building enough to get by until inflation goes down some and then rebuild at that time?
Background and Rationale
Community Engagement Committee
Financial Impact Survey
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