Revenue Purpose Statement (RPS) Election March 3, 2020
The Sergeant Bluff-Luton Board of Education is calling for an election on March 3, 2020, 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 March, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 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?
Sergeant Bluff-Luton’s current Revenue Purpose Statement will expire in 2031. 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 2050.
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:
- Renovations and additions at Sergeant Bluff-Luton High School and Sergeant Bluff-Luton Middle School
- Technology infrastructure improvements, as well as student and staff technology devices
- Construction of the turf field
- Improvements to the baseball and softball fields
- Roof repairs to school facilities
- Replacement of fence throughout the school district
- Purchase of school busses and other vehicles to transport students
- Purchase of equipment for snow removal and landscaping projects
- Replacement of the high school parking lot
- Replacement of interior doors to make them handicap accessible
- Construction of secure entrances at the Elementary and Middle Schools (Summer 2020)
- Replacement of HVAC equipment in all buildings
- Removal and replacement of concrete sidewalks and drives
- Property Tax Relief
What does the new Revenue Purpose Statement say?
The RPS specifies the use of funds Sergeant Bluff-Luton 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
When will the Revenue Purpose Statement vote be held?
The election is set for March 3, 2020. 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.
How can I learn more?
If you have a question about the Revenue Purpose Statement or vote on March 3, 2020, please contact the Sergeant Bluff-Luton Administration Office at 712-943-4338