Frequently Asked Questions

Freqently Asked Questions
Posted on 06/30/2021
Bond and Levy Frequently Asked Questions

No Tax Rate Increase Bond Issue

Q: What is a bond issue?

A “general obligation bond issue” is a debt of the School District that is payable from taxes against property within the School District. The proceeds the District receives from the sale of the general obligation bonds will be used to pay the costs of various capital improvements to District facilities. Principal and Interest payments come from an annual “debt service property tax levy” that is levied against all property within the boundaries of the District. The bond is $107M.

Q: What will the cost be for taxpayers?

This bond issue requires no tax rate increase.

Q: What is required to pass the ballot issues?

In order for the no tax rate increase bond to pass, two-thirds super-majority (66.67%) is required. The no tax rate increase levy fund transfer requires a simple majority (50% and one vote).

Q: How will the no tax rate increase bond issue appear on the August 3 ballot?

QUESTION 1

Shall Reorganized School District No. 4 of Jackson County, Missouri (Blue Springs, Missouri), issue its general obligation bonds in the amount of $107,000,000 for the purpose of constructing a classroom addition to incorporate the 9th grade into Blue Springs High School and acquiring, constructing, improving, extending, repairing, remodeling, renovating, furnishing and equipping new and existing school facilities and acquiring land therefor?

If this question is approved, the debt service property tax levy of the school district is estimated to remain unchanged at $1.2651 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation of real and personal property.

YES
NO

Q: What would the no tax rate increase bond issue pay for?

  • Add onto Blue Springs High School so that all incoming freshman will attend the school beginning in the fall of 2023
  • Continue plans to create a Career and Innovation Center to benefit all district students in grades 9-12 at the current Blue Springs High School Freshman Campus
  • Replace roofs and HVAC units throughout the district
  • Build a multipurpose room at Franklin Smith Elementary to withstand an EF5 tornado, the last remaining elementary school without one
  • Add six classrooms and expand the office area at James Lewis Elementary
  • Add six classrooms at William Bryant Elementary
  • Add four classrooms at Chapel Lakes Elementary, which will be reinforced to withstand an EF5 tornado
  • Expand the parking lot at James Walker Elementary and build additional student restrooms
  • Upgrade kitchens at Franklin Smith, Lucy Franklin, Voy Spears Jr., William Bryant, and William Yates Elementary
  • Expand the driveway and office area at John Nowlin Elementary
  • Add a tennis court at Blue Springs High School so that both high schools have five total
  • Complete updates to the Blue Springs High School Aquatic Center
  • All middle school tracks will be resurfaced with an all-weather material


Q: Why are you not reinforcing the classroom additions at James Lewis and William Bryant Elementary schools to withstand an EF5 tornado?

Both James Lewis and William Bryant Elementary schools have a multipurpose room that is large enough to accommodate the entire school and is already reinforced to withstand an EF5 tornado.

Q: How did the district prioritize the proposed projects?

After reviewing demographic data, community feedback, educational best practices and future student and community needs a list of possible projects was drafted by district leadership and the Board of Education. The list was presented to the Citizens Advisory Committee who helped prioritize the projects.

Q: What would the timeline be for the proposed projects?

Projects would begin as soon the bond passes. Most projects should be finished during the 2023-2024 school year. The Career and Innovation Center construction would begin in the summer of 2023 after the BSHS freshman students transition to campus.

Q: Why is the freshman addition at BSHS scheduled to take two years when BSSHS’s addition was completed in one year?

The addition at BSHS is more complicated due to space limitations. Additionally, by spreading out the build over two years, the project will cost less in the long run.

No Tax Rate Increase Levy Fund Transfer


Q: How will the no tax increase levy fund transfer appear on the August 3 ballot?

QUESTION 2


Shall the Board of Education of Reorganized School District No. 4 of Jackson County, Missouri (Blue Springs, Missouri), be authorized to increase the operating property tax levy ceiling to $4.9228 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation according to the 2021 assessment for the purpose of paying general operating expenses?

If this question is approved, the adjusted operating property tax levy of the school district is expected to increase by $0.0651 from $4.4635 to $4.5286 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation and the District expects to make a corresponding reduction to its debt service property tax levy of $0.0651 resulting in the estimated overall District adjusted property tax levy to remain unchanged at $5.7286 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation.
YES
NO

Q: How does a no tax increase levy fund transfer work?

A levy is made up of two parts, operating and debt service. The Blue Springs School District (BSSD) operating levy is currently $4.2065 and the debt service levy is $1.5221. Together BSSD's total levy is $5.7286, which is what you see on your property tax bill estimate for this year. Missouri requires school districts to maintain the operating and debt service levies separately and only use the funds for their authorized purpose.

If the question is approved, the debt service property tax levy will be reduced by $0.3000 and the operating property tax levy is expected to increase from $4.2065 to $4.5065 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation resulting in overall District adjusted property tax levy to remain unchanged at $5.7286 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation.

Q: What is required to pass the no tax rate increase levy fund transfer?

For elections requiring voter approval under the debt ceiling, a simple majority is necessary.

Q: How would the no tax rate increase levy fund transfer impact the Blue Springs School District?

The no tax rate increase levy fund transfer will result in an additional $5.1 million in annual revenue, and the overall levy will not change. Funds will be used to maintain class sizes, add licensed professional counselors at our middle and high schools, and hire a registered nurse at every building.