Word of the Month for July - Cooperation
August 4, 2014
Board of Education Meeting
Golding Middle School Library at 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 22, 2011
10 fast facts about the tax levy limit
1. The “2 percent tax cap” does not actually limit a tax levy increase to 2 percent. It does mean, however, that any increase above a certain amount requires 60 percent of voters to approve the school budget.
2. That certain amount is called the “tax levy limit” and will vary by school district.
3. The tax levy limit is determined by a complex, eight-step formula that includes factors such as the growth in the local tax base (if there is any), the previous year’s tax levy, and the current and future years’ payments in lieu of taxes (payments the Federal government and other entities make to local governments instead of paying property taxes).
4. The rate of inflation or 2 percent (whichever is lower) is just one part of the “tax levy limit” calculation. That is where the phrase “2 percent tax cap” comes from.
5. After a school district calculates its “tax levy limit,” it then adds exemptions into that amount. These exemptions allow the district to propose a tax levy greater than the amount set by the “limit” without requiring 60 percent of the voters to pass the budget.
6. These exemptions — or factors that “don’t count” against the cap — include voter-approved local capital expenditures; increases in the state-mandated employer contribution rates for teacher and employee pensions that exceed two percentage points; and court orders/judgments resulting in any amount that exceeds 5 percent of a district’s current levy.
7. Residents will vote on the school district budget on Tuesday, May 15.
8. If C-RCS’s proposed budget meets or stays below the “tax levy limit” (before exemptions), only 50 percent plus 1 of voters (a simple majority) need to vote “yes.”
9. If C-RCS proposes a budget that includes a tax levy above its “tax levy limit,” you will see a statement on the ballot because it is the law. You will also see the statement on the school district website.
10. The new law applies to the tax levy, not to tax rates or individual tax bills. What will happen to your tax bill — how much it may go up or down — cannot be predicted until a number of other factors are determined later in the year, such as equalization, assessment rates and STAR exemptions.
As always, parents, staff, students and taxpayers are urged to voice their opinions on these matters to our elected leaders. Click here for elected leaders' contact information.
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