The Bettendorf Community School District will host two community forums for voters to learn more about the Tuesday, Dec. 11, General Obligation Bond Referendum.
Forums will be 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the cafeterias at Grant Wood Elementary School, 1423 Hillside Drive, Bettendorf, and Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Bettendorf Middle School, 2030 Middle Road.
Residents in the Bettendorf Community School District will vote on a $30 million bond referendum for improvements to school learning environments and facilities. According to the school district, the bond would fund new future-ready and STEM areas and add classroom space.
Other projects on the bond come from needs identified through facilities studies over the past 10 years, proactive safety measures and deferred maintenance:
• Bettendorf High School Future Ready Center
• Bettendorf Middle School STEM room, music room and science room (additions)
• Paul Norton music room improvements
• Paul Norton and Herbert Hoover entrance safety and security upgrades
• High school wrestling room and fitness center upgrade/addition
• High school classroom renovations/updates
• School infrastructure projects addressing deferred maintenance
• High school auxiliary gym
• Middle school outdoor track
The amount of the bond would not exceed $30 million. The district plans to offset the debt service levy with reductions in other property tax levies when able, according to a news release from the district.
The maximum tax implications would be $1.55 per $1,000 assessed valuation on properties within the Bettendorf Community School District. The property tax increase would be for a maximum of 20 years, the bond repayment period.
The tax impact is not simply the bond request multiplied by the assessed value of a property, according to the district. Property-tax rollbacks and homestead credits reduce the assessed value of property tax.
Voting will be 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at St. John Vianney Church, 4097 18th St., and the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center, 2021 State St.
To request an absentee ballot, go to http://bettendorf.k12.ia.us/download_file/view/3426/1196
To see the full list of projects and examples of the tax implication for property owners, go to bit.ly/Bett-GOBond2018