Happy Memorial Day Fluff

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Registered: 03-27-2013
Happy Memorial Day Fluff
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Fri, 05-24-2013 - 11:45am

1. How's the weather going to be for your Memorial Day weekend?

2. What's for dinner?

3. Do you vote for your school budget? Edited to say, the one that the board of education decides and you go to the polls to vote yes or no each year. If not, why not?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2013
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 2:46pm

So you are saying your tax rate is based on the school budget and not the value of the property you are paying tax on?  

No, it is a combination of all different things, your housing and property and then it is the school district, school library, county fund, county police (these are the only county things but it is town taxes-from my comment before), town, highway, fire, lighting, water, garbage, and a few other things.

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-01-2002
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 2:46pm

litlmiss_cantbewrong wrote:
  No, I wouldn't be surprised--I live in a pretty conservative state and a lot of people vote no on any bond because it would raise their taxes.  I'm the opposite.  I vote for everything--I like nice roads, to have working fire trucks &amp; ambulences and to have schools that have roofs that are not leaking &amp; about to fall on everyone's head.  The things I would not vote for, never come up for citizen votes.  </p>

Raising taxes is a goal of the liberals?  George Bush II raised your taxes more than Clinton.  http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110710115004AAcsy3N

And his dad, George "Read my lips.  No new taxes"  Bush, wisely raised taxes once in office.  He realized his phony campaign slogan, while catchy, wasn't do-able.  Clinton was the last President to leave office with both a budget surplus and substantial tax cuts.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2013
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 2:48pm

I don't see where your schools' method in passing it budget is less costly than Spring's or any other school district.  And it's not really an expense to "advertise" the days of town meetings or votes.  Rather, "giving notice" is simply publishing the dates and places at taxpayer expense in whatever forum state or local statute requires.  A newspaper, the internet.  Not a huge cost I'd imagine.

We don't have "3rd elections" here.  Just referenda if the schools budget doesn't pass following the public vote at the polling places.

For us, we have flyers out to the entire community to give them info on the budget every year. Unfortunately I think we need to take another route this time as many people either don't read them or just see their taxes going up and vote no.

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-27-1998
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 2:50pm

springfever2013 wrote:
<p><span style="font-size:13px">For me it would depend on how they are spending their funds, I normally always vote for bond issues and the like for my local public school district because they do a good job spending the money that they receive.  If they weren't doing a good job than I would be much more hesitant to support that vote.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:small"><strong><span>Sometimes it is not how they are spending the money but how much they were given. </span></strong></span></p>

I base my decision on how they spend the money, regardless of how much they receive.

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 03-27-2013
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 2:51pm

Then how can it not be about everyone agreeing?  If there isn't enough $$ and stuff has to be cut, how doe 47,000 (or 12,500) ever agree on what should be cut?  I've witnessed school board deliberations - even getting 5 people to agree takes considerable time.

There is a yes and no vote. The first vote has 3 different options. If yes wins, you will expect a higher increase (and least amount of things cut), a no will take you into a new budget (one that the BOE will see if they will still cut those things or try to cut others to keep others, The 2nd no will take us to NO increase but extreme cuts.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-07-2003
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 2:52pm

We don't vote on increases to the property tax rate.  That's determined by the State Tax Commissioner and County Assessor based on the budgets prepared by each county.  The percentage of the property taxes allocated to each county school district is determined by the State Board of Education (although counties who pass excess levies may have more money that just that percentage of property tax).

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2013
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 2:53pm

We pay home owners tax, that is called real estate taxes in my area and we also pay personal property taxes on items such as cars, boats, and such.  They are paid to the county if you live in a county or to the city if you live in the city boundaries, which I do not, I live in the county.  Those taxes go for a variety of things, including our local school district.  There are over 20 different school districts in my county alone.  The local school district gets local, state and federal funding.  The local funding comes from property and other taxes and you can appeal the value of your taxes.

We can grieve our taxes too. I have never done that but people that I know have usually only save the amount of money they spend to grieve them so to me, it is not worth it. I know mine can not go any lower so I have never inquired.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2013
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 2:55pm

I base my decision on how they spend the money, regardless of how much they receive.

Exactly and if there were extreme things being cut, wouldn't you be more interested?

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-07-2003
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 2:57pm
I've heard of people appealing when the assessor has made mistakes in assessing property value (adding bedrooms or square footage that's not there). In those cases, I don't think it cost them anything but a few hours of time to make the appeal.
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2013
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 2:58pm

I've heard of people appealing when the assessor has made mistakes in assessing property value (adding bedrooms or square footage that's not there). In those cases, I don't think it cost them anything but a few hours of time to make the appeal.

Here is costs, at least, (and this was years ago so not sure if it is the same now), $400.

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