Category Archives: Budget

Prospecting for School Districts with Debt Capacity

As Iowa City Community School District’s (ICCSD’s) stakeholders watch to determine whether its bond ballot referendum for $191.525 million (plus interest) will pass or fail on September 12th, there is an interesting discussion in some of the comments sections of … Continue reading

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Promises About How Little a $191.525 Million Dollar School Bond Referendum (With Interest)Will Cost–Don’t Count On Them

Below is what the Iowa City Press Citizen reported about Iowa City Community School District’s (ICCSD’s) proposed $39 million dollar bond referendum in February of 2003. That bond referendum subsequently passed under a former superintendent. The district’s current tax levy … Continue reading

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ICCSD’s General Obligation Bond Myth

The following rumor about Iowa City Community School District’s proposed upcoming general obligation bond vote is simply false. Myth:  If voters in the Iowa City Community School District pass a general obligation bond this fall, it will restore and save … Continue reading

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Iowa City’s Gateway Project and its Growing Impact on Property Taxes

Iowa City’s Gateway Project cost estimate has escalated astronomically since 2009. The estimate for fiscal year 2011 was $32,940,000 and this year is $59,433,731. A quick glance at the picture below shows that Iowa City will spend far more than it will receive in federal grants to raise Dubuque Street … Continue reading

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Show me the donors Iowa City Council candidates (and how much they donated)

If you are unsure about who to vote for in the upcoming Iowa City Council race, please consider waiting until you can see who is supporting and funding each candidates’ election campaign. While early voting may be convenient, your vote counts … Continue reading

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Part II of Should ICCSD Spend Money on ThoughtExchange?

Yikes, ThoughtExchange is back on the school board agenda–see here under the misnomer, Stakeholder Relations Report (MIS), which includes a link to an attachment showing a price of $170,720 for ThoughtExchange over five years.  This expense would be paid for by the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) taxpayer provided … Continue reading

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ICCSD’s Problematic Facilities Master Plan (FMP)

We hear a lot from school board candidates about whether they support the Facilities Master Plan (FMP)–now projected to have an inflation adjusted cost of $340.4 million dollars–of the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD). We need to hear more from … Continue reading

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