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Linn-Mar Community School District Bond Vote Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Dates to remember:

Bowman Woods Open House: Tuesday, August 28th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Absentee Ballot Deadline: Friday, August 31 is the last day to request an absentee ballot be mailed to you. Additional voter information can be found at the Linn County Election Services website
Satellite Voting at Linn-Mar Stadium: Friday, September 7th from 4:30 – 9:30 pm
Bond Vote: Tuesday, September 11th from 7:00 am – 8:00 pm

Learn more about the bond in this informational document.

Why are we voting?

Linn-Mar is a growing district.Excelsior Middle School hallway during passing time

One of the fastest growing districts in the state, the Linn-Mar Community School District is at 91 percent capacity. At a current projected enrollment increase of two to three percent a year, the district will reach nearly 8,000 students by 2021. The district has outgrown and will continue to surpass capacity in its existing facilities. In order to accommodate current and future needs, district leadership and the school board have outlined a restructuring plan that will support this continued growth of our schools.

This bond will pay for the construction of two new 5th-6th grade intermediate schools. In addition to the construction of the new schools, the district will restructure to a new grade format — PK/K-4; 5-6; 7-8; and 9-12 — for the 2020-21 school year.

How can we plan for future growth?

The construction of two intermediate buildings is part of a 10-year facilities plan that will strategically address capacity, efficiency, safety, and building access issues. Implemented in the near, mid, and long-term, the district’s plan includes both new construction and renovations to improve educational facilities for all students from pre-K through 12th grade. The plan is dependent upon continued growth in the district, economic conditions in the community, and additional variables that dictate the district’s timeline.

What am I voting on?

2018 General Obligation Bond Language

Shall the Board of Directors of the Linn-Mar Community School District in the County of Linn, State of Iowa, be authorized to contract indebtedness and issue General Obligation Bonds in an amount not to exceed $55,000,000 to provide funds to construct, build, furnish and equip two 5th-6th grade intermediate buildings and to improve those sites?

What will it take to pass the bond?

A 60 percent supermajority is required to pass the bond.

What will the bond pay for?Portable Classrooms at Indian Creek Elementary

Safe, secure, efficient intermediate buildings

By 2022, the district’s middle schools and three elementary schools will be over, or very close to capacity. Fifth-grade students at Indian Creek Elementary are already learning in portable classrooms.

The two 5th-6th grade buildings would provide approximately 68 new classroom spaces and house 800 students each. Additionally, moving 5th graders out of the elementary buildings and the 6th graders from the middle schools will create valuable class space in nine of our buildings, allowing for future enrollment growth.

Possible floor plan/design concepts for the 5th-6th grade intermediate buildings:

Intermediate building conception plans

 Location for the new 5th-6th grade intermediate buildings:

The district proposes the construction of the 5th-6th grade buildings in areas of significant residential development — east of Echo Hill Elementary on Echo Hill Road and on 35th Avenue near the intersection of 44th Street on the northern edge of Marion. The schools would open for the 2020-21 school year.

   Intermediate building site 01     Intermediate building site 02

 How much will it cost?

Property taxes are applied on a percentage value of a home’s assessed value, not the market value. This bond issue proposes an increase of $0.65 on property taxes. After the increase, the property tax rate is still nearly $1.50 less than after Linn-Mar last successful bond vote.

Proposed Levy Rate:

Assessed Value Rollback Taxable Value Homestead Credit Net Taxable Value Change Per $1,000 Annual Tax change Monthly Tax charge
$100,000 55.6209% $55,621 $4,850 $50,771 $0.65 $33.00 $2.75
$200,000 55.6209% $111,242 $4,850 $106,392 $0.65 $69.15 $5.76
$300,000 55.6209% $166,863 $4,850 $162,013 $0.65 $105.31 $8.78

Learn more about the Summary Tax Impact for residential, multi-residential, and commercial properties.

What is the Historical District Levy Rate?

Historical District Levy Rate

What is the district’s current and projected enrollment?

On May 7, 2018, RSP Associates presented a 2017-2018 Enrollment Report during the Board of Education meeting. The report outlines district enrollment and demographics in addition to development in the community and enrollment projections.

Enrollment at Indian Creek, Bowman Woods Elementary, and Oak Ridge Middle School is near or exceeding building capacity and district enrollment is at 91 percent capacity.

What about mid-term and long-term plans?

Mid-term plans include the construction of an eighth elementary school, improvements to parking and traffic flow at Excelsior Middle School, and a secondary facilities analysis and master planning. Long term, the district foresees the need for a second high school (when enrollment reaches approximately 2,800) and construction of an additional elementary school.

How will the plan be financed?

To finance the 10-year facilities plan, the district will draw from multiple sources, including the SAVE (Secure an Advanced Vision for Iowa) and PPEL (Physical Plant and Equipment Levy) funds. In addition to these existing resources, the district will ask voters in the Linn-Mar Community School District to consider a $55 million general obligation bond on Sept. 11, 2018.

How do I learn more?

Here is an informational video from Superintendent Shannon Bisgard regarding the bond and a bond comparison video — this video explains the differences of the September 11th bond to the 2017 package.

Additional September 11th bond vote information:

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Tax information:

Please send questions to vote@linnmar.k12.ia.us.