Why did my property tax rate increase?
Assessed valuation of properties in Yuma County decreased. To maintain the current levy, less valuation of properties requires the county to charge a higher tax rate in order to maintain the same tax levy. The debt cannot be spread over as many dollars or taxpayers. The same amount of debt is spread over a smaller amount of valuation.
In order to control the cost of state aid, the Arizona Legislature increased the Qualifying Tax Rate (QTR) used in the district’s funding formula to determine the amount of equalization assistance the state provides each school district. This increase balances the state budget but passes the cost of education to the local taxpayers.
Other factors could also have caused a tax rate increase – for example, if the full tax levy is not collected in one year because some taxpayers do not pay their taxes, then the rate may have to be increased the next year to offset this loss. When the back taxes are eventually recovered, the rate can be lowered for subsequent years.
What do the different line items on my property tax bill mean?
The first Crane Elementary School District No. 13 line on your property tax bill is Operations and Maintenance, which appears as 'CRANE ELEM PRIMARY O&M' on your tax bill. The O&M includes salaries and benefits for all employees as well as the district supplies. Also included within the Primary levy type is the Capital Outlay for the District. Capital Outlay is used to purchase capital equipment such as computers, textbooks, school buses and furniture and equipment. This is listed as 'CRANE ELEM PRIMARY CAP OUTLAY'.
Crane Schools also has other lines on your property tax bill listed within the Secondary levy type. These items represent the Class A Bonds and Class B Bonds that were approved by the voters and must be paid back over a specific period of time. You will see them listed as 'CRANE ELEMENTARY SECONDARY', with 'Bond-A' (for the Class A Bonds) and 'Bond-B' (for the Class B Bonds) listed under the 'Purpose' heading of the tax bill.
Why are there two lines on some individual's bills for Crane Elementary School District No. 13's Primary tax rates?
The first line is the amount that needs to be generated before any equalization payments are applied. The second line is the equalization payment, which is supposed to equalize the whole state. The second line may show on the tax bill as a credit, or reduction, of the property bill.
How does Crane Elementary School District No. 13 compare to other school districts in spending per pupil?
Crane Schools' works to ensure that the tax rates stay fairly flat, and have been successful since fiscal year ending June 30, 2009. However, the district continues to be very fiscally responsible with taxpayer funds and strives to keep property taxes down. Since 2009 the district has decreased its budget, in part due to the Legislative Reductions, by more than 9.5%, equating to almost $3.1 million dollars. Due to this decrease, the district spends less money than other school districts of equivalent size and demographics. In Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2012, Crane Schools spent $6,188 per pupil. This is $780 per pupil less than comparable districts, $1,287 per pupil less than the state average and $4,464 per pupil less than the national average. It is worth noting that some of our comparison districts do attend 200 days of instruction, and/or also have voter approved override initiatives.
Why do the different school districts have different tax rates?
Schools have different boundaries and different assessed valuations of their taxpayer properties. This difference affects the school district tax rate. Click this map to view the Yuma County School District Boundaries. Please be patient as this file may take a few moments to load.
Each school district has a different history of voter initiatives that have been approved in the past to meet their specific district needs within the state budget limits. Crane Schools does not have an override and is not levying anything for Adjacent Ways, all of which would result in higher property taxes.
Charter schools are not taxing authorities, so their funding comes directly from the state general fund.
What are Crane Elementary School District's Property Tax Rates for this current year compared to previous years?
Please refer to the chart below: