Referendum Needs Process

Operational Spending vs Capital Spending

Operational Funds

Operational funds are used to pay for recurring costs such as salaries, electricity, supplies, books, etc.

Operational funds come from a combination of local property taxes, federal funding, and state funding.

In 2008 Act 388 was passed that exempted Owner Occupied residences from paying school operations tax and replaced it with a funding source that has not kept up with residential growth in Fort Mill. This has resulted in massive operational funding challenges for our district as growth in student enrollment has drastically outpaced state funding.

The school board is very limited in their ability to increase operational revenues, only having the ability to increase the budget by 2%-5% a year (based on a state formula). This isn't able to keep up with 7% - 10% growth.

By law operational funds can be used to purchase capital items, however this is not traditionally done in Fort Mill because we are so limited with operational dollars to pay teachers.s

Capital Funds

Capital funds are used to pay for items that are generally used for more than a year. This includes building schools, purchasing and replacing technology, and many other long term items.

Capital funds are generally paid for by issuing debt/bonds and paying it back over time.

Capital funds can be paid for by increasing property taxes or collecting impact fees.

School districts must get voter approval to issue large bonds regardless of whether they are paid for through taxes or impact fees.

Capital funds can not be used to pay operational expenses according to state law, so the school district doesn't have the authority to solve operational funding problems instead of building schools.

Property Taxes for capital funds applies to all real property, including Owner Occupied Residences that are excluded from school operations taxes via Act 388.

How does the district decide what to include in the referendum?

The district maintains a 10 year facility study which looks at projected growth in the student population and projects the need for new schools and enhancements to existing facilities.

Needs for current Infrastructure

done5 Year Horizon

donePrincipal Feedback for current school needs

doneDistrict Operations Feedback for Transportation & Maintenance

doneDistrict Technology Officer in conjunction with Principals & Teacher surveys for Technology Needs

doneSchool Board approves final contents and formally requests referendum after multiple committee meetings and discussion amongst full board
Needs for new Infrastructure

done5 Year Horizon for buildings

doneBased on average of two different, independent enrollment projections

doneSchool Capacity balanced between building capacity, program capacity, and operating target

done10 - 15 year horizon for Land

doneSchool Board approves final contents and formally requests referendum after multiple committee meetings and discussion amongst full board


Where to vote?


March 20, 2018

Vote "YES"

for Fort Mill School Bond

Pick up a yard sign to show your support at
115 Springs Street