1. How is this opt out different from a bond referendum?

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While both are considered levies on your property tax statement, they serve different purposes and in some cases are restricted in how the money can be used. It is often said that, "opt outs are for operations and bonds are for building."

OPT OUTS are the funds that the district uses to run and operate its schools. It provides money above the basic state allocation to be used for day-to-day expenses such as staff salaries, supplies, heating expenses, transportation and co-curricular programs.

BOND LEVIES are the funds the district uses for new construction, renovations or additions to school buildings. These funds cannot be used to run schools, hire teachers or support general operating expenses.