School Facilities Financing Working Group

Principles for Facilities Funding Reform

1. Funding should be adequate, equitable and sustainable.
2. All districts should have access to comparable funding for comparable needs based on uniform procedures and eligibility criteria.
3. Local school districts should take the lead in determining facilities project needs, scope, and design.
4. Funding formulas and administrative procedures should be as simple as possible, so as to minimize administrative burdens / paperwork and maximize local control, while providing accountability.
5. Property tax levies for facilities should be equalized in a manner that minimizes variations in revenue per student for comparable tax effort regardless of variations in local tax base, and provides stability over time.
6. Special provisions should be made to ensure adequacy and equity for districts that have incurred facilities damage due to natural disasters.
7. Funding for charter schools should be comparable to funding for district schools.