School District Seeks Tax Credit Donations to Run Late Buses
By: Apache Junction Unified School District
Apache Junction Unified School District wants to change this scenario and is seeking help from the community by asking individuals to contribute a school tax credit to help fund a late bus to transport students in grades 7-12 home from school after attending after school activities. Tax credit donations for the 2019 tax year are allowed through April 15, 2020.
Donations can now be made specifically for the "after school bus" program. It is estimated that it would cost $148 a day for two buses to offer bus routes from the junior high and high school. Arizona allows an individual taxpayer to contribute up to $200 (or a married couple filing jointly up to $400) to a public school of their choice and get a dollar-for-dollar credit against your tax liability. That means you, as an Arizona taxpayer, can direct some of the money that you would normally pay in state taxes to go directly to the eligible school program you select.
"Students who are involved in after school activities are more engaged in their education and benefit on many levels," said Dr. Krista Anderson, AJUSD superintendent. "Studies have shown these students do better academically, are healthier, happier and more likely to build critical life skills they will use the rest o f their lives. Having students involved in supervised after school activities provides a safer environment and provides a huge benefit to our working families. I sincerely hope the community can help us in this tax credit donation drive."
You do not have to contribute the maximum amount to participate. Any amount is appreciated. For more information about the program visit https://azdor.gov/
Registration is currently being accepted online for all AJUSD schools. For more information about AJUSD visit www.ajusd.org or follow the Facebook page at faceboo.com/