Fun Fact Friday: Tax Rates Going Down…Again

Good News! This is the second consecutive year of a tax rate decrease for District taxpayers. The new rate dropped from .007132 to .006700, making Jordan the second lowest tax rate for homeowners and businesses in Salt Lake County; only Salt Lake City School District has a lower tax rate. Because overall values are increasing in Jordan School District, the tax rate is going down.

We sometimes hear people ask, “How did I pay more if my tax rate dropped?” This is because some home and business values increase at a faster rate than the whole community. The values of a few pockets of homes or businesses in the District may be increasing much faster than their neighbors, causing them to pay slightly more in taxes. Overall, our tax rates are going down, which is good for homeowners and good for businesses. For more information on tax rates in Jordan, please visit jordandistrict.org/2014/04/taxrates/.

2014-15 tax graph

Generous Gift Brings Backpacks to Oquirrh Elementary

IMG_5590The school year is getting off to a great start for students at Oquirrh Elementary School and a community partner is helping out. This week a representative from the new South Jordan Costco showed up and surprised the entire school with a gift of 400 brand new backpacks. It is part of a Costco program designed to help school children in the community. This surprise was extra special because the Costco employee who delivered the backpacks is a former Oquirrh Elementary student. Thanks to Costco for taking time to care about children and their education. Check out a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

District Students ‘Dig In’ to Help with Hospital Groundbreaking

IMG_5613It was a big day for the Intermountain Riverton Hospital as they celebrated an expansion with a special groundbreaking ceremony. The Riverton High marching band provided music to kick things off. Then, Rose Creek Elementary students picked up plastic shovels and put on plastic hard hats to help the hospital’s CEO break ground for the new outpatient services center. Enjoy a photo gallery of the fun on our Facebook page.

Oquirrh Students Stand Tall Against Bullying

IMG_5596Students at Oquirrh Elementary are taking a stand against bullying with some help from a community partner. The school has teamed up with Shoe Carnival in an anti-bullying campaign called “Walk Tall, Respect for All.” The entire student body was given “Walk Tall” t-shirts to wear every Friday as a reminder that disrespect and bullying will not be tolerated at Oquirrh. The campaign also encourages students to report bullying to an adult at school. Monthly assemblies will be held to reward children who have taken a stand to stop bullying. Four students each month will be awarded with $25.00 Shoe Carnival gift cards. Thanks to everyone involved in this great campaign. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.