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Millage Update

The millage request was voted down by voters on August 13, 2019.

You can still find all of the information here. 

One update is that West Memphis did pass a millage increase leaving only two schools in the state with a lower millage than Highland.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: When is the 2019 Special Election?

A: The 2019 Special Election will be held August 13, 2019.

Q: Is there a request for an increase in the total millage rate?

A: Yes, the District is requesting 4.0 new debt service mills through 2049. This would also extend the current 5.0 debt service mills. The millage is currently at 30.0 and the new total millage rate will be 34.0 mills.

Q: What is the purpose of the $19,575,000 Refunding and Construction bond issue?

A: The bond proceeds will be used to refund the existing bonded indebtedness and will provide approximately $17,465,000 to be used for constructing and equipping a new performing arts and community center, modernizing and updating Cherokee Elementary School, adding additional security measures, constructing and equipping a new bus garage, correcting parking issues, and constructing, refurbishing, remodeling, and equipping other school facilities.

Q: How many Arkansas schools have a lower millage than Highland?

A: Three - only three schools in the entire state have a lower tax rate than Highland School District. They are West Memphis, Mountain View, and Lee County. West Memphis is also asking for a millage increase at this time.

Q: How many Arkansas schools have a higher millage than Highland?

A: In Arkansas, 228 schools have a higher millage. This equates to over 98% of other Arkansas schools having a higher millage than Highland School District.

Q: If it passes, where would this place the District in comparison to other Arkansas schools?

A: If the millage passes, 86% of other Arkansas schools will still have a higher millage rate than Highland.

Q: How does the District compare to the state average?

A: The District is currently at 30.0 mills and is requesting to be at 34.0 mills. The state average as of the 2018 election is 38.53 mills. Even with the requested millage increase, the District would remain below the state average.

Q: What is the amount of real estate tax due on the proposed 34.0 total mills, and what is the difference per year and per month from the current 30.0 total mills?

Appraised Value of Real Estate 20% Assessed Valuation Current 30.0 Mills Per Year Proposed 34.0 Mills Per Year Difference Per Year Difference Per Month
$25,000 $5,000 $150 $170 $20 $1.67
30,000 6,000 180 204 24 2.00
35,000 7,000 210 238 28 2.33
40,000 8,000 240 272 32 2.67
45,000 9,000 270 306 36 3.00
50,000 10,000 300 340 40 3.33
60,000 12,000 360 408 48 4.00
75,000 15,000 450 510 60 5.00
100,000 20,000 600 680 80 6.67
125,000 25,000 750 850 100 8.33
150,000 30,000 900 1020 120 10.00

Q: How does the District’s current millage rate compare to other school districts with approximately the same assessed valuation and student enrollment?

2018 2018 2018/19
County District Assessment Millage Enrollment
Benton Gentry 179,724,685 46.00 1,447
Franklin Ozark 175,380,678 38.50 1764
Polk Mena 160,058,504 35.90 1709
Sharp Highland 174,006,794 30.00 1619
Stone Mountain View 160,951,259 28.91 1600

Q: How does the District’s current millage rate compare to other school districts in the surrounding area?

County District 2018 Assessment 2018 Millage 2018/19 Enrollment
Izard Calico Rock 37,205,508 42.30 372
Fulton Viola 42,603,930 40.62 374
Sharp Cave City 76,319,409 39.00 1196
Izard Melbourne 88,570,356 38.22 848
Lawrence Sloan Hendrix 46,098,576 36.93 709
Izard Izard County Consolidated 55,728,635 36.00 504
Lawrence Hillcrest 45,412,863 35.90 413
Fulton Mammoth Spring 42,645,095 35.00 459
Fulton Salem 50,724,321 31.50 846
Sharp Highland 174,006,794 30.00 1619