Financial Facts About Mesa Public Schools
- Mesa School Taxes. The MPS tax rate is $6.87 per $100 of assessed valuation. This is slightly above the average rate for the other east valley districts of $6.44. MPS controls capital expenses such as building costs since MPS spends all it can on operational expenses. Clearly the nationally recognized education offered by MPS is a good value for the dollar.
Queen Creek $8.16 Higley $7.71 Gilbert $7.13 Mesa Unified $7.44 Chandler $6.46 Apache Jundtion $6.60 Kyrene $4.28Average of East Valley Districts $6.83
- Most MPS Dollars (Maintenance and Operations) Come From State and Local Sources. Most of the school funding comes from local and state taxes. In Mesa, 38 percent comes from local taxes/sources, 48 percent from state funds, 3 percent from county taxes, and the remaining 11 percent from federal support.
- MPS Has Below Average Taxable Wealth. Contrary to what many people believe, MPS is significantly below the state average in the amount of "taxable wealth" or assessed valuation per pupil. In the East Valley, Chandler, Scottsdale, Kyrene, Tempe Elementary, and Tempe Union all have more "wealth" per pupil than MPS.
- MPS Student Population During the 29 year period from 1979-1980 to 2005-2006 MPS more than doubled from 35,224 to 74,851 . This increase was bigger than the total student population of every other district and county total in the state but one. In recent years the population has declined somewhat as children grow up and as the impact of the poor economy is felt. Student population for the 2014-2015 school year is 63,558.
- MPS Spends More Than Average to Educate Each Child. MPS spends $5,990 per student, slightly above the state median of $5,665. This is the maximum that MPS can spend under state funding.
- Mesa Spends More Money in the Classroom than Most. The Arizona Auditor General annually reports on the percent of dollars spent in the classroom. Mesa is always ranked among the top districts in the amount of money directly spent in the classroom.
- MPS Employs Many People. In the 2015-2016 school year MPS employs 9,044 full and part-time staff -- 3,773 educators and approximately 5,119 support staffers. Support staff includes teacher aides, bus drivers, secretaries, crossing guards, cafeteria workers, maintenance staff, custodians, superintendents, and central office staff in such areas as accounts payable, information systems, and special education. Although they are called support staff, the schools could not operate without the help of these people.
- MPS Has Been Recognized for the Quality of its Financial Reports. For the 23rd year in a row, MPS has received national awards for financial reporting from the Association of School Business Officials International. In addition, the district earned its 22nd annual Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the national Government Finance Officers' Association.
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