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State by state school bond voter accountability measures
For a detailed explanation on how voter accountability and oversight are applied, please see State-by-state comparison of school bond and tax laws
Explaining table of metrics
- Supermajority vote-If states require school districts to have super-majority vote to pass a bond referendum.
- State government approval-If states require school districts to seek approval from the state government before approving a resolution calling for a bond/tax election.
- Constitutional protection-If states require school districts to follow a debt limit protected by the state constitution.
- Bond Issue Restrictions-Do states place restrictions on school districts if they do not spend taxpayer money correctly for future bond issues.
State-by-state comparison table
|State||Supermajority||State Gov't Approval||Constitutional Protection||Bond Issue Restrictions|
|Alabama||-3/5ths for special school tax.||-Alabama Department of Education approves bond issues.||-Bonds are contingent on payment of principal and interest.|
|Arizona||-Public hearings required to report on project's progress.|
|Colorado||-No new property taxes levied under TABOR|
|Connecticut||-CT Department of Education approves private academy bonds.||-Withholding of private academy funding if defaulted on bonds.|
|Delaware||-Delaware Attorney General approves bond issues.||-Cannot exceed total debt limitation.|
|Florida||-However FL Department of Education can advise a district.||-Petition for bond measure required if school board does not approve a resolution for a election. Millages cannot exceed 2 or 4 years.|
|Georgia||-Special school taxes must expire after 5 years.|
|Indiana||Pending Nov. 2010 Referendum||-Maximum caps for bond issues.|
|Kansas||-State Dep't of Education Approval-Bond Issue||-State Approval needed to exceed 14% bond debt limit|
|Kentucky||-2/3rds vote needed for bond issues.||-No bond issues for athletic facilities.|
|Maine||-Bonds cannot exceed 10% of district's total debt and be sold below par value.|
|Michigan||-State Treasurer Approval|
|Minnesota||-State Dep't of Education Approval-60 days prior to election.||-Required separation of school bonds from municipal bonds.|
|Missouri||-57.15% for bond issues, 2/3rd vote-debt ceiling|
|Nevada||-No district can exceed 15 percent of total debt valuation.|
|New Jersey||-3/5ths super-majority for exceeding levy limitation.||-Must get Department of Education approval to exceed levy without going to a ballot question.||-School districts have mandatory interest payment of bonds that are issued by NJ Government.|
|New Mexico||-Bonds can be only issued by school district and only used for school construction.|
|New York State||-3/5ths super-majority for debt limit elections.||-Cannot exceed percentage of debt depending on population.|
|North Carolina||-NC has a balanced budget requirement|
|Ohio||-Through OH School Facilities Commission|
|Oklahoma||-3/5 vote for bond issue|
|Oregon||-50% turnout needed for property tax cap regardless if the referendums passes or fails.||-Bond Issues cannot exceed 13 percent of a district's debt.|
|Pennsylvania||-In the event of a defeated referendum.|
|South Carolina||-Bonds must be sold at normal par value.|
|South Dakota||-3/5ths super-majority vote needed to approve capital outlays.||-Mandatory 5 year spending plan if capital outlay is approved|
|Texas||-All bonds must be approved by Attorney General of Texas.||-Bonds can be used only for construction and financing of property acquisitions.|
|Utah||-Bonds must be issued in a sinking fund mechanism.|
|Washington State||-3/5ths supermajority required to pass bond issue.||-WA Superintendent of Public Instruction approves bond issues.||-Bond issues must have full faith and credit of the State of Washington.|
|West Virginia||-3/5 vote for bond issue||-West Virginia Attorney General approves bond issues.||-Cannot be used for current expenses and exceed 2.5% of total debt.|
|Wyoming||-2 public hearings required and bonds can be used only for construction purposes|