Those who donate can choose the school program they want to benefit from the tax credit. Arizona School Tax Credit forms sent through the mail by the district and inserted in the News indicated that funds could be donated to a few programs including art, band, field trips, Special Olympics, sports programs, vocational classes or the general fund. This short list seemed somewhat restrictive. However, after contacting the district office, we discovered that those who donate could specify exactly where they want their dollars to go.
If you donate to any school sports program, you can designate your monies to a specific sport — baseball, softball, volleyball, basketball, football or track. School clubs that can always use your help include the National Honor Society, Publications, Future Business Leaders of America, the Builder’s Club, Academic Decathlon and the Williams High School Rifle Club. Vocational education programs include Viking Grill, auto shop, the welding program, woods class and the drafting class.
Athletic programs, school clubs and the vocational education department reap the benefits of the Arizona School Tax Credit donations. Donations to these programs are crucial because of district budget constraints. While these programs can have a huge impact on students, funds are cut from these programs first since core curriculum classes must remain a priority. For many students, extra-curricular activities keep them motivated and enrolled in school.
If you have no children, have forgotten what it is like to attend school and what is needed in the classroom, or just don’t know where your donation can be utilized most effectively, ask a child or contact the district office. Contributions can be split between programs, but cannot exceed the maximum amount allowed.
In 1998, the WUSD received $12,226 through the Arizona School Tax Credit. Four years ago, $16,625 was received. In 2000, approximately $18,000 was given by taxpayers. Just two years ago, $21,985 was received. Last year’s donations totaled $24,091. Looking back, it appears that donations have increased approximately $3,500 annually. Let’s keep increasing our donations and bring this year’s total to $28,000.
Donating to the Arizona School Tax Credit is really not a donation at all. Rather, it is like a small loan. Donate now and your money will be returned to you when you file your income taxes. Your tax credit donation can be sent to the Williams Unified District No. 2, P.O. Box 427, Williams, AZ 86046. All donations must be postmarked by Dec. 31. If you choose to hand-deliver your donation to the district office, the donation must be received by noon on Dec. 31. The district office is located at 515 S. Ninth St. For more information, contact the district office at 635-4473.