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VOTE: June 2, 2020 Ballot Question

  • On Tuesday, June 2, 2020, voters in the boundaries of the Belton School District voted to approve a $25 million no tax rate increase bond issue. 

    Belton School District #124 is home to more than 4,400 students who engage in unique and transformative educational experiences each and every day. Part of our responsibility as a school district is to ensure these high-quality opportunities continue in facilities and grounds that support, protect, and encourage their efforts. While many things have changed over the last few months, our long-term facility & finance needs have not.

    The ballot issue was a no tax rate increase providing funds to improve safety & security, replace roofs and parking lots, and to pay off leasing which completed high school construction, maintenance, & other previous roofing projects. 

    Ballot Language

    Shall Belton School District #124 of Cass County, Missouri borrow money in the amount of $25,000,000 for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, renovating, improving, furnishing and equipping school facilities of the District, including: 

    • constructing additions and improvements to District facilities to provide secure entrances; 
    • replacing and repairing roofs at District facilities; 
    • improving and repairing District parking lot facilities; and 
    • completing facility maintenance and improvement projects throughout the District and acquiring school facilities currently leased by the District through the prepayment and refinancing of such leases, and issue bonds for the payment thereof resulting in no increase to the debt service levy? 

    The debt service levy of the District is estimated to remain unchanged at $1.7581 per one hundred dollars assessed valuation of real and personal property.

  • Paid for by Belton School District #124
    Dr. Andrew Underwood, Superintendent
    110 W Walnut, Belton, MO 64012
  • Secure Entrances
    As you may be aware, we have some aging buildings in the district. This plan calls for renovating entrances where needed to make certain all visitors enter through the offices. We believe a safe and secure environment for our students and staff is a priority, and this means changes are necessary.
  • Sustainability: Roofs & Parking Lots
    Midwest weather -- especially winters -- means roofs and parking lots require a significant amount of attention and repair. After a while, though, replacements are the best step forward. The proposed bond would allow the district to replace several roofs and repair others that have had more recent upgrades.
  • Stability: Pay Off Leased Funds
    The District will pay off leased funds (school finance term for borrowed funds) which completed high school construction, maintenance, & other roofing projects.