Special Election for Revenue Purpose Statement: What does it mean?
As you know, a few years ago the State of Iowa imposed a statewide one-cent sales tax on certain goods and services. The funds generated by this tax are then utilized by local school districts. Legislation requires each school district to vote on a Revenue Purpose Statement (RPS) related to this sales tax. The RPS is a document that needs to be somewhat broad to accommodate the changing needs of each district and it must be in place at least 60 days prior to the expiration of current authority. In the Newton Community School District, our RPS must be voted on in a special election Dec. 4. So what does this mean in our community and for our students?