School Election – September 12, 2017

The MCSD School Election will be held Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.

Two items will be on the ballot for the election.

1. School Board Election

The Monticello Community School District has three seats open on their Board of Education.  In Monticello, there are five school board members who serve four-year terms.  Candidates are:  Bud Johnson, Mandy Norton, and Craig Stadtmueller.

Revenue Purpose Statement

At the school board meeting on June 26th the school board voted to call for an election on September 12, 2017 to ask the community to consider the approval of an updated Revenue Purpose Statement.  This can only be done through voter approval.  The Revenue Purpose Statement currently allows the school district to spend the funds raised by the penny sales tax (SAVE) in any way Iowa law allows.  This will expire in 2021.  If voters approve the Revenue Purpose Statement in September, the school district will continue to be able to spend the penny sales tax (SAVE) funds in any way Iowa law allows for the duration of the penny sales tax (SAVE).  In the past these funds were used to pay off the high school general obligation bond earlier than expected.  Since then we have been saving these funds to use to help offset the costs of future district facility projects.

What is a Revenue Purpose Statement?

  • It is a ballot issue that describes how school districts can spend the penny sales tax/SAVE (Secure an Advanced Vision for Education) funds that the state of Iowa has dedicated to Iowa schools.

Do we currently have a Revenue Purpose Statement?

  • We do have a current Revenue Purpose Statement that allows the Monticello Community School District to spend the funds raised by the penny sales tax (SAVE) in any way Iowa law allows, but this will expire in 2021.

Why is this important now?

  • Our district’s current Revenue Purpose Statement will expire in 2021.  We would like to extend our current Revenue Purpose Statement language for the duration of the penny sales tax (SAVE) which is allowed by Iowa law.

Will this raise my Taxes?

  • This will absolutely not raise your taxes.  This is an extension of the current Revenue Purpose Statement which will allow the school district to continue to spend the funds as allowed by Iowa law.  This is not a vote on the penny sales tax (SAVE).  The state legislature has already set the rate at a penny.  It is a vote to extend our current Revenue Purpose Statement language for the duration of the penny sales tax (SAVE).

When will the Revenue Purpose Statement vote be held?

  • The election is set for September 12, 2017.  Only a simple majority (50% + 1) is needed for the Revenue Purpose Statement to pass.

What if the Revenue Purpose Statement is not approved?

  • Iowa law requires a minimum of six months to pass before another Revenue Purpose Election can be held.  If the original version is not approved, a revised version can be brought back to our voters.

How have the Penny Sales Tax (SAVE) funds been used in the past?

  • In the past these funds were used to pay off the high school general obligation bond in Monticello earlier than expected.  Since then we have been saving these funds to use to help offset the costs of future district facility projects.

Questions?