Canutillo ISD Asking Voters for Money
POSTED: Friday, February 18, 2011 - 9:04am
UPDATED: Friday, February 18, 2011 - 11:08pm
CANUTILLO - Voters in Canutillo will decide on May 14 whether to raise their own taxes.
The school district has put two resolutions on the ballot: A $43.95 million bond to build a new school and renovate an existing facility and tax ratification vote for operational, staffing and instructional budgets.
The $43.95 million Bond Program would provide the needed funding to build a new Pre-K-to-Eighth-Grade school on the east side of the district, enhance both existing middle school campuses, build a new gym at Canutillo High School and upgrade the wastewater systems that serve schools in the older part of the district.
Funds would also be used to install refrigerated air units at all campuses, make energy-efficiency improvements, upgrade technology at existing and new campuses and address all deficiencies in accessibility and playgrounds.
The Tax Ratification Election will allow the Board of Trustees to set the maintenance tax rate at $1.17 in order to access more than $3 million in local and state funds. The funds will help CISD maintain its current programs and staffing levels, in spite of a looming threat of state budgetary cuts. CISD’s current maintenance tax rate is $1.04.
In 2010, CISD cut 9 percent of its overall operating budget in order to maintain a balanced budget. The district cut 66 positions, gave 6-day furloughs and cut student and community programs. With the looming state cuts, failure to successfully pass the proposed TRE would equal a new round” of severe cuts.