Frequently Asked Questions
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What is a renewal?
Taxes are generally approved for a specified period of time before going back to the voters for reauthorization. Those reauthorizations are called “renewals” as written on actual ballots for the voters to consider. Both of the Calcasieu Parish School Board taxes on the December 11 election date are 10-year tax renewals that were approved last on March 24, 2012 and expire in 2022.
Where does the money go?
Both the ½ cent sales tax and the 9.52 mill property tax presented for renewal are used for operational expenses in the General Fund, the Calcasieu Parish School Board’s operating account. Parts of these taxes can generally be attributed in part to all school system non-grant expenditures. The breakdown of expenditures follows:
How does this affect staff and students?
The nearly $57 million per year generated by these two renewable taxes plays a vital role in the operations of the school system and truly reaches into the cost of every employee’s salary and every child’s education. The ½ cent sales tax and the 9.52 mill property tax represent 15% to 17% of the Calcasieu Parish School Board’s annual operating budget over the last 5 years and certainly have an impact on the quality of education offered in our school system.
What happens if it doesn’t pass?
While our school system has certainly experienced challenges in the last several years with COVID and natural disasters, we have always continued to focus clearly on the most important aspect of education, the relationship between teacher and student. In fact, greater than 83% of our operating budget is spent on salaries and benefits. With another 6.4% spent on maintenance, 2.2% on materials, equipment and textbooks, and .6% on transportation, it becomes clear how crucial these two tax renewals are to continue to provide our current levels of service.