Sugar-Salem School District is proposing a $5.59 million bond, to be paid off in five years and a $200,000 levy to run for two years. The vote will occur May 16th, 2017 from 8 AM to 8 PM.
Egin LDS Church
Plano LDS Church
Wilford LDS Church
Fremont County Courthouse
Salem LDS Church
School District Office
Sugar City Fire Station
Newdale City Building
How else can these projects be funded?
Bonds and levies are currently the most common way to secure the funding we need to complete needed construction and maintenance to address current and future needs in the district; however, changes in how our state funds schools could make bonds and levies unnecessary. If you would like to contact your legislature to request more funding for schools, contact information for the Public School Funding committee members and our local legislators are below.
Public School Funding Committee:
We’d appreciate your support and contact made with any of our legislators to improve the funding situation of the school district!
Bond/Levy Information For Patrons
The Board of Trustees will hold informational meetings at Sugar-Salem High School on March 29, 2017, and again on April 20, 2017. These meetings will be held in the auditorium at 7:00 PM. Meetings in Salem, Newdale, and Plano are yet to be scheduled.
Levy funds would be used to help fund maintenance items as well as fill needed staffing concerns.
The Board has been working for months on a solution to the annual increase in student population. The Board has reviewed many possible solutions, evaluating each by how it would impact patrons and solve the problem of imminent overcrowding. They have concluded that the best solution is to build seven additional classrooms and a new multi-purpose/lunch room at Sugar-Salem Junior High. Although these would be built on the junior high campus, they would be unattached to the current building, which will allow for greater instructional flexibility in the short term and greater architectural flexibility in the long term. Since Kershaw Intermediate is experiencing overcrowding as well, the Board plans to move the sixth grade into five of the new classrooms at the junior high, thus freeing up space at Kershaw. The other two classrooms will be used by the junior high to offset its overcrowding issues. The proposed new construction at the junior high is designed to accommodate a second story. When increased enrollment dictates, more classrooms could be added, thus meeting our districts’ future needs.
The proposed construction at the junior high would come at a cost of approximately $4.5 million. The remaining $1.4 million requested in the bond would be used to improve outdated and failing heating systems around the district as well as other maintenance and technology needs.
It is notable that with the passage of both the bond and levy our partron’s tax rate will decrease. The district will retire the current bond before levying for the new one. The cost for each $100,000 of assessed property value will be $33.71 per month or $404.50 per year. With the current homeowner’s exemption of approximately $100,000 (which is actually the lesser of 50% of the assessed value or $100,000) the actual amount of your taxes could be less than $33.71 per month or $404.50 per year.