By voting on Tuesday, February 6th, for the proposed $60,000,000 bond, you can make a commitment to the next generation! We can create new learning environments to accommodate advanced programs and provide quality educational opportunities – preparing our students for their future tomorrows!
WHAT WE HEARD
For the past year and a half, the District has hosted discussions, listened, and engaged with various groups to determine how to better serve the students of of our District.
A list of educational needs was provided by the educators, administrators, and students:
- Emphasis on collaboration
- Flexibility and variety of spaces to cater to different modalities
- Equitability for all students
- Increase instructional time
A facilities assessment was provided to outline various physical needs of the District. The average end-of-life age for an educational facility is 65 years – Grinnell-Newburg’s facilities are currently at 62 years (on average).
DESIRED COMMUNITY OUTCOMES
Throughout the facilities planning process, feedback was gathered from the community, staff, and District administration – our journey involved over 150 participants. Everyone involved in the process agreed that five guiding principles emerged as desired community outcomes.
THE PROPOSED SOLUTION
The proposed plan has been derived from your input and will be a critical step to better serve our students. This plan will continue to support them as they develop their communication skills, creativity, critical thinking and have the ability to collaborate in ways that help them develop problem solving skills.
We developed a campus-wide facility concept that addresses community desires, educational needs, and facility requirements for the entire district.
WHAT IS THE TIMELINE?
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
We are asking you to vote for a proposed $60 million bond – a $4.05 tax levy increase. If the bond referendum passes, the District will reduce their current tax levy by $1.45, making your net tax impact only $2.60 per $1,000 of taxable valuation.
The ballot will contain two (2) questions due to the levy decrease. BOTH questions need to pass at 60% + 1.
Keep in mind that with property tax calculations, you are never working with the market value of the property – only the assessed value. The examples below are for a residential property.
The average home in Grinnell is assessed at $167,893
Find the Tax Impact Rate Sheet for residential, commercial, and agricultural properties here: TaxImpact-2017