8:00 AM HS IHSA Solo/Ensemble Contest
6:00 PM PTO Meeting - WCPS
4:00 PM Jr. High Quiz Bowl @ Aquin
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Jostens - Senior Class Order Delivery @ WCHS
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM End of 3rd Quarter - Report Cards available through Skyward
For kids…this just makes cents
On March 18th the voters of Carroll County have a facilities sales tax resolution on the ballot initiated by the three Carroll County School Districts. The one cent sales tax on qualifying goods that would benefit the local schools by being able to update, remodel, construct, or purchase facilities update security measures, and provide energy upgrades. Currently, the only way to complete these tasks is through a building referendum that is paid back over time by bonds, the use of health, life safety taxes administered through the levy on local property owners, or by selling working cash bonds; again paying them back over time. The biggest advantage of not using bonds is the local taxpayer does not pay the funds back over a 20 year time period. That process results in funds equal to three to four times the actual project costs of the work due to interest paid over time.
The tax has the ability to lower local taxes for property owners through bond and interest abatement on bonds already purchased or by not selling additional bonds in the future. The tax will not be assessed on food, titled vehicles, medicine, farm equipment and parts, or your local energy bill. It would be assessed on prepared food, gasoline, and restaurant purchases.
The vote requires a simple majority in the entire county for it to be successful. In Carroll County, with tourism especially big, visitors to our area would help support your local schools. With the Bureau of Prisons starting to update the Thomson Correctional Center and moving towards hiring employees, the local traffic will increase and items purchased in Carroll County by them would go to support your local schools; more importantly the kids who are educated there. Do your sons, daughters, or grandkids not deserve the best facilities to learn?
Up to date facilities would also make the local towns more attractive for new residents to move to Carroll County. New residents to Carroll County would help reverse a trend of population leaving Carroll County and provide the opportunity for new residents to help lower your taxes by increasing Equalized Assessed Value (EAV), increase local dollars on State generated funds from increased population, and help neutralize or lower your existing taxes, and spur business growth and economic development.
How will it affect you personally? The 1 cent sales tax would provide the ability to reduce property taxes and minimize future bond sales that result in district debt. On a personal note as you shop:
*A $50.00 purchase of gasoline it would add 50 cents.
*A $7.00 meal at a fast food restaurant it would add 7 cents.
*A $30.00 meal at a restaurant it would add 30 cents.
*A $250.00 washer would add $2.50.
* A $30.00 oil change would add 30 cents.
In the West Carroll School District it has the ability to lower your property taxes by 5-7%. On a home or property paying $1,000 in property taxes to the school you could see a $50-$70 decrease in your tax bill. More importantly, it could reduce or stop future tax increases on bond sales.
West Carroll residents have already told the School Board through a survey to make three items a priority with this additional revenue; lower taxes through bond abatement, school security issues, and energy upgrades and asbestos abatement at WCHS.
Your vote counts on March 18th. It is a vote to support the students who will be the future adults in your town while at the same time doing something for yourself. It just makes cents!
West Carroll Superintendent