I don't have children in school. Why am I being asked to vote on this?
Public schools are funded through federal, state and local sources. The state collects taxes and distributes funds to school districts for their general budgets to help pay for instructional materials, salaries and other general needs. A capital bond, however, is not funded through the state. Instead, it is voted on by community members within a school district and, if approved, collected locally. Those bond funds help pay for new schools or additions, major renovations, and other large projects within the school district.
Schools are often economic drivers in communities and have been shown to impact a region's overall productivity, sustainability and sense of community. Bonds help school districts keep up with enrollment growth while replacing aging systems to further the life of existing facilities.