Liberty Elementary School District No. 25
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What is the upcoming election about?
The Liberty Elementary School District is asking to sell $97.4 Million dollars in bonds
What are the significant dates for the election?
- The last day to register to vote in order to be eligible to vote in this election is Monday, October 9, 2023. - If you aren't already registered to vote, the last day to register in order to be eligible to vote in this election is Tuesday, October 10th, 2023.
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Who can vote in this election?
All registered voters that reside in the Liberty Elementary School District will receive a ballot by mail with voting instructions in the envelope.
What policies did Liberty Elementary School District implement with my tax dollars?
- Board member uses position to promote transgender issues and advocates for withholding information from parents. - SOURCE
- Currently dedicated to teaching and implementing Equity. - SOURCE
- Equity teaches people and children that there is systemic racism, they are entitled to reparations and more because of the color of their skin. - SOURCE
- The Board wants to shift to a more traditional learning system. - SOURCE
Aren’t Liberty Elementary School District schools doing a good job?
- 38% of students are proficient or highly proficient at English Language Arts
- 25% of students are proficient or highly proficient at Math
Aren’t Liberty Elementary School District Teachers underpaid?
Liberty Elementary pays an average annual salary of $51,792 to teachers. The average annual salary in Goodyear is $56,000.
What are taxpayers in the Liberty Elementary School District being asked?
Voters will be asked to say yes or no on one measure:
- The sale of $97.4 million in new bonds
What are the current tax rates for the bond?
- The estimated average annual tax rate for the proposed bond authorization is $0.9079 per $100 of net assessed valuation
- Shows up on your tax bill as secondary property tax.
- Property taxes combined add up to thousands of dollars!
Is Liberty Elementary School District underfunded?
Liberty Elementary spends $14,211 per student per year.
If the bond fails, how will my taxes be affected?
Once any outstanding Bonds and Overrides are repaid, you won't have to continue paying Secondary property taxes related to the bond.
How has more funding impacted Liberty Elementary School District?
Comparing to the 2018-2019 School Year Performance to the 2021-2022 School Year Performance
- 19% Drop in Math Proficiency
- 3% Drop in English Proficiency
- Nearly 5% Increase to the Drop Out Rate from 2.98% to 3.12%
- Increase in Enrollment of 642 Students
- Total Students with Chronic Absenteeism More than Doubled from 639 to 1,340 [This is nearly 33% of Enrolled Students]
- Reported Instances of Violence Decreased from 101 to 97 [An Instance More than Every Other Day Based on a 180 Day Arizonan School Year]
- Total Students Reported as Harassed or Bullied Remained at 0
School officials claim this is a just a continuation and there will be no new taxes. Is this accurate?
- Once any outstanding Bonds and Overrides are repaid, you won't have to continue paying Secondary property taxes related to the bond.
- If the measure passes, the current Secondary tax rates will remain the same; however;
- If the measure passes, the total amount of taxes paid will likely go higher if there is continued inflation related to property values.
What is a bond election?
It is a vote by the public to allow the School District to issue more debt for projects. The $97.4 million in bonds is NOT a continuation and is a separate item on the property tax statement.
What does Liberty Elementary School District intend to use the additional funds for?
- New school construction to accommodate student growth
- Construction and renovation of current school buildings
- Purchasing pupil transportation vehicles
- Districtwide safety, security, and capital upgrades for schools
- Improving school grounds including landscape, playground and athletic surface
- Site improvements that include parking lots, roofing, flooring, plumbing, shade structures, and fields
- Phase II District Complex
- Supplying school buildings with furniture, fixtures, equipment and technology upgrades
I’m renting. Why should I care about this election?
- If the bond measure is defeated, your landlord’s taxes will go down and could mitigate future rent increases.
- Irrespective of being a property owner, we all want to see the kids receive a quality education.
The information above may have been compiled from the following additional sources:
Arizona School Report Cards (https://azreportcards.azed.gov/)
Center Square Website (https://www.thecentersquare.com)
Arizona Joint Legislative Budget Council (https://www.azjlbc.gov/)
Arizona Auditor General (azauditor.gov)
Zippia Website (zippia.com)
Maricopa County Treasurer (https://treasurer.maricopa.gov/Parcel/TaxBill.aspx)
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