The school district employs the services of a demographer to project enrollment into the future, and help the district in planning future buildings and other strategic aspects of its business. Below you can find information and reports from the demographer showing up-to-date projected enrollment and reports to the board of education showing more detailed analysis.
Certified Enrollment Trends
Finances are generally planned and based on the number of students served by the district. Student enrollment trends have dramatic impact on the finances of a school district. The following chart shows that for the 2018-2019 school year, certified enrollment has increased by 278.78 students over the previous year. Over the past 10 years, Ankeny Schools have averaged student enrollment growth of 403 students per year. To date, the school district has experienced a nearly 90% increase in enrollment in just 15 years. The largest five year period of enrollment growth on record in the school district have been 2012 – 2016.
Tax Rate History
After a tax rate spike in 2010, the mutual desire of the Board of Education and school district administration to lower the district tax rate produced a plan that was approved by the Board in April 2010. Each year following, it has been updated to reflect the current as well as projected enrollment, valuation, and economic variables. Over the past five years, the school district has reduced its tax rates, following a large spike in rate in 2010-2011. It is projected that with a 41-cent reduction in 2015-2016, the district will have reduced its tax rates by $2.58, erasing the $2.10 increase experienced in 2010-2011.
Property Valuation Trends
Property Valuation Trends indicate changes in the total taxable value of all agriculture, commercial and residential property within the district’s boundaries. In general, increases in property valuations that exceed increases in tax requirements from public entities, benefit taxpayers by providing for a decline in the property tax levy rate. The budget year assessed property valuation growth increased by 3.99%. The District’s 30-year property growth average is 6.93%. The total District taxable valuation including TIF equals $2,674,253,529, and was a 4.41% increase.