District hopes to raise property taxes to repair schools
A ballot measure could increase property taxes for homeowners so that schools can be renovated. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Clark County, NV (KTNV) -- One of the things you'll vote for here in Clark County Is whether or not to raise your property tax. It's an attempt by the school district to raise repair money for many of the older schools in the valley. In order to help you be more informed when you go to vote we're explaining what question 2 on this year's ballot means and how it affects you.
Question 2 gives residents a chance to decide whether or not they want a $72 a year hike in property taxes for an average $100,000 home. That's expected to bring in at least $669 million for repairs to a list of 40 schools, and to build 2 new schools in the southwest part of the Valley. The school district says this is badly needed after years of budget cuts that have forced many repairs to be put off.
"Our facilities are starting to get in the way of the opportunity for kids to get an education. We just have to take care of our facilities so we can make sure our students learn," says Joyce Haldeman with the Clark County School District.
But the Nevada Policy Research Institute says the school district has raised funds this way before. They criticize how the school district has spent money in the past, and say all the money spent on infrastructure has not improved education in Clark County.
"Unfortunately in the 2000's we had some of the lowest test scores, the lowest graduation rates in the entire country. So there is little to no correlation between spending, especially spending on buildings, and student achievement," says Victor Joecks at NPRI.
To get a complete look at all of the schools on the list for repairs, and more details on question 2 you can click here, or head here to see what opponents think.