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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: When is the 2019 Special Election?
A: The 2019 Special Election will be held August 13, 2019.
Q: Is there a request for an increase in the total millage rate?
A: Yes, the District is requesting 4.0 new debt service mills through 2049. This would also extend the current 5.0 debt service mills. The millage is currently at 30.0 and the new total millage rate will be 34.0 mills.
Q: What is the purpose of the $19,575,000 Refunding and Construction bond issue?
A: The bond proceeds will be used to refund the existing bonded indebtedness and will provide approximately $17,465,000 to be used for constructing and equipping a new performing arts and community center, modernizing and updating Cherokee Elementary School, adding additional security measures, constructing and equipping a new bus garage, correcting parking issues, and constructing, refurbishing, remodeling, and equipping other school facilities.
Q: How many Arkansas schools have a lower millage than Highland?
A: Three - only three schools in the entire state have a lower tax rate than Highland School District. They are West Memphis, Mountain View, and Lee County. West Memphis is also asking for a millage increase at this time.
Q: How many Arkansas schools have a higher millage than Highland?
A: In Arkansas, 228 schools have a higher millage. This equates to over 98% of other Arkansas schools having a higher millage than Highland School District.
Q: If it passes, where would this place the District in comparison to other Arkansas schools?
A: If the millage passes, 86% of other Arkansas schools will still have a higher millage rate than Highland.
Q: How does the District compare to the state average?
A: The District is currently at 30.0 mills and is requesting to be at 34.0 mills. The state average as of the 2018 election is 38.53 mills. Even with the requested millage increase, the District would remain below the state average.
Q: What is the amount of real estate tax due on the proposed 34.0 total mills, and what is the difference per year and per month from the current 30.0 total mills?
Q: How does the District’s current millage rate compare to other school districts with approximately the same assessed valuation and student enrollment?
Q: How does the District’s current millage rate compare to other school districts in the surrounding area?