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.
Will this raise my property taxes?
The answer to this is a definite NO. This will absolutely NOT raise your taxes. This is the primary reason we would like to extend our current Revenue Purpose Statement. By extending our Revenue Purpose Statement, we can generate the necessary funds to complete the remodeling without asking our patrons to pass a bond referendum and without raising our taxes. Without your support to extend our Revenue Purpose Statement, it will be extremely difficult to update our facilities to meet the 21st century needs of our children. This is NOT a vote on the SAVE funding. This is NOT a vote to increase the SAVE $.01 sales tax. The sales tax rate is set by the legislature. This is only a vote to EXTEND our current Revenue Purpose Statement. The sole purpose of the Revenue Purpose Statement is to describe and outline the uses for which the $.01 sales tax may be used at South Tama County Community Schools.
When will the Revenue Purpose Statement vote be held?
The vote is scheduled for April 5, 2016. I would encourage you to get out and vote on April 5th, or contact the Tama County Auditor’s office at 641-484-2740 to vote by absentee ballot. It is an important decision for our district, our facilities and our kids. Listed below are additional frequently asked questions regarding our Revenue Purpose Statement and the April 5th vote. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Mary Jones at 641-484-4811.
Why does it require a vote?
Bringing the Revenue Purpose Statement to voters for approval was a requirement imposed by the Iowa Legislature in 2008. The requirements for a Revenue Purpose Statement election are specifically stated in Iowa Code 423E. This section of the law requires the Board of Directors to adopt a Revenue Purpose Statement, subject to the approval of the electors, listing the proposed use of these funds.
All polling locations will be open from noon - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, for voting in the STC special election.