NOTICE OF ELECTION

NOVEMBER 2, 2021

The Benton Community School District intends to replace its existing revenue purpose statement with the following revenue purpose statement in order to comply with the requirements of the Iowa Code to authorize the expenditure of revenues (SAVE Revenue) from the State of Iowa Secure an Advanced Vision for Education Fund (SAVE) received by the Benton Community School District.

Proposed Revenue Purpose Statement to Replace Existing Revenue Purpose Statement

Revenue received by the Benton Community School District from the State of Iowa Secure an Advanced Vision for Education Fund may be spent for any one or more of the following purposes:

To provide funds for property tax relief.

To provide funds to acquire or install information technology infrastructure (including improving buildings or sites for the purpose of accessing broadband digital telecommunications) and school safety and security infrastructure.

To provide funds to build and furnish a new school building or buildings; to build and furnish addition(s) to school buildings in the District; to remodel, reconstruct, repair, expand, and improve the school buildings in the District; to purchase and improve grounds; for demolition work; and to furnish and equip District facilities.

To provide funds for the purchase, lease or lease-purchase of buildings, equipment (including transportation and recreation equipment) or technology and to repair transportation equipment for transporting students as authorized by law, to implement energy conservation measures, sharing or rental of facilities including a joint infrastructure project for the purposes of offering classes under a District-to-community college as authorized in Iowa Code section 423F.3(3)(c), procuring or acquisition of libraries or opening roads to schoolhouses or buildings.

To provide funds to purchase land as part of start-up costs for new student construction program or if the sale of the previous student construction was insufficient to purchase land, and to purchase construction materials and supplies for a student-constructed building or shed intended to be retained by and used by the District.

To provide funds to make payments to a municipality or other entity as required under Iowa Code section 403.19(2).

To provide funds for demolition, cleanup, and other costs if such costs are necessitated by, and incurred within two years of, a disaster.

To provide funds to establish and maintain public recreation places and playgrounds; provide for supervision and instruction for recreational activities or for community education purposes.

To provide funds for the payment of principal and interest or retirement of general obligation bonds issued for school infrastructure purposes, energy improvement loans, loan agreements authorized by Iowa Code section 297.36, sales, service, and use tax revenue bonds issued under Iowa Code section 423E.5 or Iowa Code section 423F.4; and

To provide funds for other authorized expenditures and purposes as now or hereafter permitted by law and designated by the Benton Community School District.

It being understood that if this proposition should fail to be approved by the voters, such failure shall not be construed to terminate or restrict authority previously granted by the voters to expend receipts from SAVE according to its existing revenue purpose statement until its expiration date.

If approved, this revenue purpose statement shall remain in effect until replaced or amended by the Benton Community School District.

If a majority of eligible electors voting on the question fail to approve the proposed revenue purpose statement, then after the expiration of the existing revenue purpose statement, SAVE Revenue received by the Benton Community School District shall first be expended for the following purposes, in the following order:

Payment of obligations for which SAVE Revenue has been pledged to the payment thereof.

Reduction of bond levies under Iowa Code sections 298.18 and 298.18A and all other debt levies.

Reduction of the regular and voter-approved physical plant and equipment levy under Iowa Code Section 298.2.

Reduction of the public educational and recreational levy under Iowa Code Section 300.2.

For any authorized infrastructure purpose of the school district as defined in Iowa Code Section 423F.3(6).

For the payment of principal and interest on bonds issued under Iowa Code Sections 423E.5 and 423F.4.

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Revenue Purpose Statement (RPS)

The BENTON COMMUNITY Board of Education is calling for an election on November 2, 2021, to ask the community to consider the approval of an updated Revenue Purpose Statement (RPS) which outlines how the district utilizes Secure an Advanced Vision of Education (SAVE) funds. More commonly referred to as the penny sales tax, SAVE funds are utilized by districts to specifically support school infrastructure and technology needs. If voters approve the RPS in November, Benton Community will continue to be able to spend SAVE funds as Iowa law allows for the duration of the penny sales tax. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a Revenue Purpose Statement?
    A Revenue Purpose Statement (RPS) is a ballot measure that describes how school districts can spend penny sales tax (SAVE) funds that the State of Iowa has dedicated to public schools. 

  • Why is it important now?
    The district is seeking voter approval of a new RPS that would extend for the duration of the penny sales tax (SAVE) which is allowed by Iowa law through the year 2051.   

  • Will this raise taxes?
    No, this will not raise taxes. Approving the Revenue Purpose Statement will allow the district to access future SAVE funds, but it will not change the current sales tax rate. The penny sales tax that funds SAVE will be collected across the state regardless of whether or not this measure is approved. This vote is in regards to how the district utilizes these funds. 

  • What have SAVE Funds been used for in the district?
    The SAVE revenue has funded many key infrastructure and technology projects in the district, including: 

    • 2009 - Addition to Keystone Elementary &

      Atkins Elementary additional and remodel

    • 2012 - MS/HS remodel and the new Athletic complex.

  • What does the new Revenue Purpose Statement say?
    The RPS specifies the use of funds Benton Community will receive from the State of Iowa Secure an Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) Fund and is intended to be used in the following manner: 

    • To provide funds for property tax relief

    • To provide funds for technology infrastructure

    • To provide funds for school safety and security infrastructure

    • To provide funds to build, remodel, reconstruct, repair, improve, or demolish school buildings

    • To provide funds to purchase, lease, or lease-purchase buildings, equipment, or technology and to repair transportation equipment

    • To provide funds to implement energy conservation measures

    • To provide funds for emergency demolition, cleanup, and repairs due to natural disasters

    • To provide funds to establish and maintain public recreational areas and playgrounds

    • To provide funds for the payment of principal and interest or retirement of general obligation bonds issued for school infrastructure purposes and tax revenue bonds

    • To provide funds for other authorized purposes permitted by law

    • The entire RPS as it will appear on the Ballot is shown on this website in the column to the left.

  • When will the Revenue Purpose Statement (RPS) vote be held?
    The election is set for November 2, 2021. A simple majority (50% + 1) is needed for the RPS to pass. For additional information on how to register to vote or your polling place, please visit the Iowa Secretary of State website

What if the Revenue Purpose Statement is not approved?
If the new RPS is not approved, the district will need to spend SAVE funds in a manner previously allowed under the original RPS. A special ballot can be brought back to voters not less than six months after the previous election

School Board Election - Nov. 2, 2021

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