Below is some basic information about school funding. For additional details, please visit the District's website at www.dcsdk12.org/funding. You'll find extensive data, online brochures, presentations, and other material to answer any questions you may have.
In addition, we've added our own Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in response to the most common queries we've received during our own community outreach.
How are our schools funded in DCSD?
They are funded through property taxes, state dollars and mill levy overrides. The state funding formula determines how much revenue the district gets on a per pupil basis. The only way to increase that amount is through a mil levy override (MLO). MLO dollars stay 100% in Douglas County.
What does Douglas County Schools use MLO dollars for?
Each school district can request additional local funding (up to 25% more) through a local Mill Levy Override (MLO). This funding is generally used for students and staff (operational needs such as salaries, staffing, and student programming).
What does Douglas County Schools use Bond dollars for?
Local voter-approved general obligation bonds are used by school districts for capital needs such as constructing new school buildings or additions to existing school buildings, facility repairs and upgrades, security upgrades, classroom equipment, buses, and technology.
Watch the Staff Presentation to the Board of Education on Aug 9, 2022
Watch the Mill Bond Exploratory Ad Hoc Committee (MBEC) Presentation for more details on why Douglas County needs additional funding: