Category Archives: ICCSD

Who gets access to the kids’ information? InnovateEDU Inc./Project Unicorn’s Pledges are Overly Vague–Did Your School Commit?

The big unknown question is who or what exactly will have access to children’s information that InnovateEDU Inc./Project Unicorn is collecting as part of its (or maybe its funders’?)¬†data interoperability project? Schools are not legally required to share children’s information … Continue reading

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Iowa’s Residential Rollback

Most property owners, including owners of residential and commercial property, in Iowa pay property taxes based on a reduction of their property valuation. This assessment limitation is known as a “rollback,” and you can see the history of Iowa’s rollbacks … Continue reading

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2017 ICCSD General Obligation Bond Frequently Asked Questions aka FAQs

Question :¬† What do Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) voters vote on during the September 12th election? A. Bond Ballot Referendum Language; B. Facilities Master Plan (FMP) of the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD); or C. Specific projects … Continue reading

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School Bonds & the Cost of a Cup of Coffee

In what must be a truly amazing coincidence (or merely a good marketing scheme), a number of school bonds are marketed as only the cost of a cup of coffee. One might almost think there is a school bond playbook … Continue reading

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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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Does an Iowa School Property Tax Rate = School Property Taxes? No.

In Iowa, school property taxes do not equal the school tax rate, the latter of which is just one input in calculating school property taxes. Equating a comparably low school tax rate to low school property taxes is an interesting … Continue reading

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