Information regarding the Yes position can be found at:
BGSD Bond page: http://www.battlegroundps.org/bond
The PAC supporting the Yes vote has a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BattleGroundCitizensforBetterSchools/
Those considering voting NO can find full information at the Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/137961913517155/
Update: Feb 7th
You may want to review the Pros and Cons article: https://swweducation.org?p=4624
You may also want to read the BGSD 10 year Student Enrollment Report: https://swweducation.org?p=4656
Update Jan 29th
As we get ready to vote yes or no on the Battle Ground School District Capital Bond it may be a good time to look at our property tax bills. http://gis.clark.wa.gov/gishome/Property/
1) Assessed value up a projected 9.4%
2) State school tax rate UP from $1.98/$1000 to $2.90/$1000
3) Clark County Property tax +1%
4) Battle Ground City tax + 1.8%
5) Fire district +?
6) Year #2 of the BGSD levy (year 1 up 16% with year 2 up 5% over year 1)
In our case the 2017 taxes were over $5500 with 2018 going to be over $6000. About 57% of property taxes goes to local and state for schools.
Looking at taxes in total and not just specific items helps all of us determine what we can afford.
When was the last time you checked your tax bill out in detail?
Update January 27, 2018
We added a blog article about the bond for voter consideration: https://swweducation.org?p=4624
Update January 22, 2018
- From 2007/08 the BGSD collected $237,294,708 in Levy money
- In that same time the “asset preservation” budget was $10,245,500
- The “asset preservation” expenditures = 4.3% of the Levy collections
Update Jan 6, 2018
The BGSD and Citizens for Better Schools BG are saying that the growth in residential construction (single family and multi family) will lead to overcrowding. The claim this…false.
We contacted Clark Count Planning and obtained the residential permits issued for 2015-16-17. We then contacted the City of Battle Ground and got their residential permit data for the same period.
The attached file contains the data. It also contains our analysis. Here’s what we learned:
1) Permits in the BGSD are on the decline
2) Given the historical average of ~.45 students per residence (combines SF & MF) AND assuming a 6-12 month delay in occupation and impact on schools we see:
a) If we take ½ of 2015 we should have had 174.6 new students in 2015 (there would be a 2014 impact but we don’t have the data)
b) If we take ½ of 2015 and ½ of 2016 (828) x .45 = 372.6 new students in 2016
c) If we take ½ 2016 and ½ 2017 (646) x .45 = 290.7 new students in 2017
d) In those 3 years we should have had 174.6 + 372.6 + 290.7 = 837.9 new students and in reality we are up ~235 students (3 years) which means that they are running at 28% of the projected student population growth. Thus, their future projections should be multiplied by .28 to get to the historical average.
So, when you look at their claims of unbridled growth you may want to take it with a grain of salt. Shifting students in border areas to schools with open classrooms could balance class size. Remember that even if this bond were to be approved it would take 4-5 years minimum to get any relief.
Look at the facts and don’t be drawn into the emotion.
Battle Ground School District Demographics – https://www.point2homes.com/US/Neighborhood/WA/Clark-County/Battle-Ground-School-District-Demographics.html
|Households With Children||19,060|
|Households Without Children||30,308|
|Average People Per Household||2.92|
- 61.3% of the households have no children
- 26.2% of the households are non-family
|Average Household Income||$77,533|
|Median Household Income||$64,706|
|Percent Increase/Decrease in Income Since 2000||22%|
|Percent Increase/Decrease in Income Since 2010||4%|
|Average Household Net Worth||$571,972|
|Median Home Sale Price||$216,845|
|Sales Tax Rate||7.7%|
|Average Household Total Expenditure||$58,775|
- $18,758 left for spending for average earners with average expenditures