Bond and Levy FAQ's

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Bond Basics

Q: What is the difference between a bond and levy?

A: An easy way to remember the difference is “Bonds=Buildings” and “Levies=Learning.” School bonds provide funds for large long-term capital projects such as modernization of buildings, new school construction or acquisition of property. Bond funds are generally collected over a 15 to 20 year period. Levies bridge the gap between state and federal funding and the actual cost of operating a school district.

Levies support basic educational programs and services and represent approximately 10 percent of Kuna’s annual operating budget. In Kuna, levies support student learning, health and safety, athletics, activities, instructional support, technology, transportation, operations, and maintenance.

Q: How does the $5 per $1000 tax rate break down into actual costs?

A: If the bond and levy pass, the following is an estimation of the what each item within the rate:

  • $2.64 for current debt payment (this is debt that already exists from past bonds to build Kuna High School, Initial Point High School, Reed Elementary, Crimson Point Elementary, and Silver Trail Elementary)
  • $0.05 for the "Tort Levy" this is the liability insurance levy that the county determines. Neither the school district nor the voters control this number as it is calculated by the county using a fixed formula. This will normally show up as "other" on your county tax form. We use it to help us with the costs to purchase liability insurance
  • $0.75 for the first year payment on the $40 million bond (on the ballot)
  • $1.56 for the supplemental Levy (on the ballot)

 Q: Why happens if the bond does not pass?

A: The bond will help us prepare for for the estimated 700 students who will be enrolling in our schools in the next three years, and it will also help us complete critical repairs to existing buildings to extend the life of our schools. Should the bond not pass, the district still has to prepare for growth and maintain safe buildings without revenue. In order to do this, the plan will be as follows:
  Continue with our plan of moving 6th graders to the middle school and convert Teed to a middle school.
  Investigate modifying our high school schedule.
  Delay critical repairs until money can be raised to complete them.
  Reconvene a committee to design another plan to accommodate the growth and critical repairs.

 Q: Why happens if the levy does not pass?

A: Much needed curriculum materials and technology updates will not be made. District administrators will work with the School Board to reduce general fund expenses by 10%.

Q: Why does our district need a school bond now?

A: Voters last approved a bond measure in 2007 and the district has completed all of those projects on time and within the total $25.5 million approved by voters. Since that time, student enrollment has continually increased and we are now over capacity at our secondary schools and reaching the same at some of our elementary schools. In addition, many of our older buildings are in need of general maintenance updates.

Q: What will the proposed bond pay for?

A: The district would complete the following projects:
Add 4 additional classrooms onto Reed Elementary and Silver Trail Elementary.
Convert Teed Elementary into a Middle School by adding 10 classrooms and adding a kitchen along with other building and site upgrades.
Remodel Kuna Middle School.
Build a new 70,000 square foot high school with CTE rooms.
Add the last addition to the Kuna High School - Multi-Purpose athletic room.
Complete critical repairs at all schools.

Q: When would construction begin on the school bond projects?

A: The architects will work with school officials and the school board to develop a timeline that will have the least impact on student learning. Critical repairs will be started during the summer 2017. The goal is to open Teed as our second middle school in fall of 2018, and phase one of the new high school by fall of 2020.

 Q: Where is the location of the new high school building?

 A: The new high school will be built on 60 acres that was purchased on the North East corner of Linder Road and Columbia Road.

Q: How does the district decide when new schools should be built and when to renovate?

 A: The Kuna School District reviews the condition of its buildings every 10 years as required by state law. This year we had this study completed. The buildings receive a thorough inspection and walk through and are ranked in order of overall condition. The district uses this 10 year plan to help determine which projects will be included as part of the bond.

Q: What will the tax rate be if both the bond and the supplemental levy passes?

A: It has been a top priority to make sure that the tax rate would not increase no matter what Kuna Schools does. We are pleased to report that this bond along with the Supplemental Levy that is also on the ballot, if approved, will not increase the current tax rate of $5 for every $1,000 of taxable post exemption value.

Q: What does “$5 for every $1,000 of taxable post exemption value” mean for my tax bill?

A: What this means is that your tax rate will not change. The state allows a 50% housing exemption up to $100,000. Below is a breakdown of what your taxes would be in the current year and next year if the Bond and Supplemental M&O Levy pass.

 Assessed Value  Taxable Value (after 50% up to $100k exemption) 16-17 Tax Rate (taxable value multiplied by .005) 17-18 Tax Rate (assuming Both Levies Pass) 
 $100,000  $50,000  $250  $250
 $200,000  $100,000  $500  $500
 $300,000  $200,000  $1,000  $1,000


As you can see the amount does not change. However, this does not factor in any changes to the assessed value of your home.

Q: What are the estimated bond project costs?

A: The two elementary additions and other elementary projects are estimated to be +/- $5,000,000.00.
The two middle school projects are estimated to be +/- $6,000,000.00
The two high school projects are estimated to be +/- $25,000,000.00
Critical repairs to all schools are estimated to be $4,000,000.00

Q: How many years is the proposed bond for?

A: The proposed bond would be financed over 20 years.

Q: How will the new high school be named?

A: As the high school nears completion, the district will select a school naming committee who will gather ideas from students and the community as a whole. The purpose of this committee is to submit a list of 3-5 potential names for the new school to the school board. The school board is ultimately responsible for deciding what the new school will be named.

Q: It Seems like you there are still a lot of questions that need answers when it comes to the details behind the bond?

A: The exciting thing about our plan is that our goal is to bring the community together with educators to design the next generation of educational excellence in our community. The work we do over the course of the next few years will determine the legacy we will leave our children, and we need many people to be a part of designing the legacy. In order to create the right solutions for our children, the district has put together the following solution teams to make recommendations to our school board:
1.6th Grade Transition Solution Team
2. Programming Design Solution Team of high school, middle school and elementary
3. Property acquisition Team
4. Rezoning Team
5. Staffing Team
If you would like to be a part of one of these teams, please fill out our questions form and you will be connected to the chairperson of the team.

Q: What Career Technical programs will you offer at the new high school?

A: As of November 2017 - the top CTE programs that have been identified as what will be offered at the new high school are: Health Science, Electronics, Pre-Engineering/Construction, Diesel Tech, Collision Repair and Auto Tech.

Q: What will happen with Hubbard elementary students when Teed is converted into a middle school?

A: Hubbard will be a K-3 school, while Ross will become a 4-5 school. All students from Hubbard will go to Ross after 3rd grade.

 

Boundaries

Q: How and when will new elementary and middle school boundaries be decided?

A: The Rezoning Solution Team is currently working on a recommendation to present to the School Board.

Q: How and when will high school boundaries be decided?

A: The Rezoning solution team will begin work on defining new elementary boundaries first. Once the program design solution team has determined the focus of Teed (comprehensive middle school or choice school), the Rezoning solution team will establish middle school boundaries. The following boundary process and timeline will be used: Develop boundary options for community to review (winter/spring); Recruit parents and community members for boundary committees (spring/summer); Develop boundary options for School Board review and narrow down (spring/summer); Present narrowed down boundary options to community (spring/summer); Present narrowed down boundary options/feedback to School Board; and School Board makes final boundary decisions .