On April 5th, South Tama County Community Schools will bring to our patrons an election for the allowed uses of the Iowa 1-cent sales tax that is dedicated to all Iowa schools. The information below explains STC’s Revenue Purpose Statement and the process prescribed by state laws for our district to continue to use these funds. Please contact Mary Jones at 641-484-4811 if you have any other questions after reviewing this information.
Do we currently have a Revenue Purpose Statement in place and in general terms, what uses will be allowed under the Revenue Purpose Statement?
The South Tama County Community School District currently has a Revenue Purpose Statement. The language outlined below identifies what is allowed under our current statement:
The money received from the tax shall be spent for school infrastructure, including debt reduction or property tax relief, purchasing, building, furnishing, reconstructing, repairing, demolishing, improving expanding, or remodeling of schoolhouse or schoolhouses and additions thereto, gymnasium, stadium, field house, or school bus garage, purchasing and improving grounds, opening roads to schoolhouses or buildings, the purchase, lease or lease-purchase of buildings or equipment(including transportation and recreation equipment) as authorized by law, procuring or acquiring libraries, expenditures for energy conservation measures, the rental of facilities under Chapter 28E, for the public educational and recreational activities, the payment or retirement of bonds issued for school infrastructure purposes or the payment or retirement of bonds issued under Iowa Code 423E5 for any one or more such purposes, or for any purpose or purposes now or hereafter authorized by law.
Will passage of the Revenue Purpose Statement require a “super majority”?
No! Only a simple majority is (50% +1) is needed for passage.
What happens if the Revenue Purpose Statement is not approved?
Iowa law requires a minimum of six months to elapse before another Revenue Purpose Election can be held. If the original version is not approved, either the same or a revised Statement can be brought back to our voters.
All polling locations will be open from noon - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, for voting in the STC special election.