TAXING AND BORROWING AUTHORITY/LIMITATIONS
The Board is responsible for levying ad valorem property taxes as necessary to operate the Raymondville R-VII School District in a manner that promotes achievement for all students. Taxes will be levied in accordance with law.
Increasing Taxing Authority
The Board is authorized to set an operating tax rate of $2.75. The Board will seek voter approval to increase the tax rate ceiling, in accordance with law and as necessary to better serve the students of the district. The district may also seek voter approval to forgo all or part of the reduction of the operating levy due to Proposition C sales tax receipts, as allowed by law.
The Board may also seek voter approval to increase the bonded indebtedness of the district in accordance with law and as necessary to provide an appropriate learning environment for district students. The Board of Education has a bonded indebtedness limit of 15 percent of the value of taxable tangible property as shown by the last completed assessment for state and county purposes.
Tax Rate Hearing Notice
The Raymondville R-VII School District will annually set the tax rate after first notifying the public and conducting at least one (1) public hearing. Notice of the hearing will be given by publication in a newspaper of general circulation or by posting such notice in at least three (3) public places within the district, in accordance with law. The district will publish or post the notice at least seven (7) days prior to the hearing, and the notice will include the:
1. Date, time and place of the hearing.
2. Assessed valuation by category of real, personal and other tangible property in the district for the fiscal year for which the tax is to be levied and the preceding tax year.
3. Amount of revenue required to be provided from the property tax as set forth in the adopted annual budget for each rate levied.
4. Tax rates proposed to be set for the various purposes of taxation.
5. Increase in tax revenue due to an increase in assessed value as a result of new construction and improvement.
6. Increase, both in dollar value and percentage, in tax revenue as a result of reassessment if the proposed tax rate is adopted.
Tax Rate Hearing
The superintendent will provide the Board the same information included in the tax rate hearing notice prior to the tax rate hearing. The tax rate hearing will include an opportunity for citizens to speak before the Board. The Board will set the tax rate after the hearing.
The tax rate will be calculated to produce substantially the same revenues as required in the annual budget. The Board will have sole authority in determining what part of the total authorized rate shall be used to provide revenue for each of the funds. Before setting the rates for the teachers’ and incidental funds, the Board will set the rate for the capital projects fund as necessary to meet the district’s obligations.
Submitting the Tax Rate
The Board shall forward a tax rate to the county clerk of every county in which the district is located on or before September 1 of each year. If the rate is less than one (1) dollar, the rate will be calculated to the nearest one-tenth of a cent, and the district will round up a fraction greater than or equal to five/one-hundredths of a cent to the next higher one-tenth of a cent. If the rate is in excess of one (1) dollar, the estimate will be calculated to one/one-hundredths of a cent, and the district will round up a fraction greater than or equal to five/one-thousandths of one (1) cent to the next higher one/one-hundredth of a cent.
If the district receives from the county clerk the state auditor’s finding that the proposed rate does not comply with Missouri law, the Board will have 15 days from the date of receipt of the finding to accept or reject in writing the rate change certified by the state auditor and to submit all requested information to the state auditor. A copy of the Board’s acceptance or rejection and any information submitted to the state auditor shall also be mailed to the county clerk.
The Board may borrow money in anticipation of collection of taxes for the purpose of securing funds for school operations, including the debt service fund. Issuance of all tax and revenue anticipation notes requires approval of the majority of the members of the Board. The notes may be issued at any time in any year, and the aggregate outstanding principal amount of the notes issued in one (1) year for any fund shall not exceed the amount of the Board’s estimate of the year’s requirement for the fund. The notes shall be payable within 12 months from date of issuance.
The Board may borrow money and issue bonds for:
1. Purchasing schoolhouse sites and other land for school purposes.
2. Erecting or furnishing schoolhouses or library buildings.
3. Building additions to or repairing old buildings.
4. Purchasing school buses and other transportation equipment.
5. Paying off and discharging assessments made by counties, cities, towns and villages or other political subdivisions or public corporations of the state against the district.
Funds raised through the sale of bonds may be used only for the purposes set forth in the election that authorized the sale of bonds.
The following points of state law shall govern the Board’s issuance of bonds:
1. A four-sevenths vote is required before the issuance of bonds if the issue is submitted at a municipal election or at the general or primary election held in even-numbered years. At all other elections, a two-thirds vote is required.
2. The Board of Education has a limit of bonded indebtedness of 15 percent of the value of taxable tangible property as shown by the last completed assessment for state and county purposes.
3. Bonds shall be issued in denominations of $1,000 or in any multiples of $1,000.
4. The number of years the whole or any part of the bonds are to run shall not exceed 20 years from the date of the bonds.
5. The revenues from taxes levied for the purpose of satisfying bonded indebtedness obligations, both principal and interest, shall be recorded in the debt service fund.
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Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for related information.
Cross Refs: BBBB, School Board Ballot Issues
MSIP Refs: 8.5
Legal Refs: Mo. Const., art. VI, ‘ 26(b)
Mo. Const., art. X, ‘ 11(c)
” 67.110, 108.150 – .280, 137.010, .055, .072, .100, .245, 164.011, .121 – .301, 165.011, .131, .141, RSMo.
Raymondville R-VII School District, Raymondville, Missouri