Wishing safe and happy holidays to all our Havasupai family. School resumes January 5.

Havasupai has an "A" rating from the Arizona Department of Education. Our school has been serving students since 1972. We currently have about 410 students enrolled in grades K–6.

Will this make you say WOW?

There is a web page on the official city of Phoenix website that promotes the tax credit for public schools. That site has a chart showing how much tax credit money per student each of the 29 school districts with schools in the city of Phoenix collected in 2013. The lowest figure is $2.59 per student in the Union Elementary District. The highest is $116.00 in the Scottsdale Unified School District. If we plugged Lake Havasu Unified’s tax credit dollars collected per student for 2013 into that chart, what do you think our position would be? High, low, middle?

Lake Havasu Unified collected $92.22 tax credit dollars per student in 2013. That means we were more successful than 26 of the Phoenix districts and were only bettered by three (Cave Creek, Kyrene, and Scottsdale). WOW! A big thank you to all that participate in the Lake Havasu Unified tax credit program.

However, this is 2014. The end of tax year 2014 is approaching and there are still hundreds, if not thousands, of taxpayers in Lake Havasu City that could participate in the program but do not. Why not? Maybe they have not heard about it. Maybe they have heard about it but do not believe what they heard. How do we reach the ones who are persuadable? How do we convince them? We think that word-of-mouth works best. Hearing from someone you know and trust that:

  • Anyone with an Arizona state income tax liability can participate.
  • You do not have to be the parent of a student.
  • For a single individual or head of household, the tax credit maximum is $200. If you are married filing jointly, the maximum is $400. You do not have to give the maximum. Any amount is welcome.
  • You get a dollar-for-dollar credit that either lowers what you owe on state income tax or increases your refund. (The credits may only be used to the extent they reduce a tax liability to zero on your Arizona tax return. Any unused amounts may be carried forward for up to five years.)
  • The money stays in our community and you get to say where it goes. That would not happen if you paid the money to the state.

Our schools and staff push the tax credit program in every way they can think of. The K-12 Foundation for LHUSD #1 promotes the tax credit. Our local newspaper runs articles on the tax credit. The current issue of The White Sheet contains an article about tax credit. There are announcements on the radio. Some local businesses offer tax credit participation via payroll deduction. But, if you tell a friend about the tax credit for public schools program, you can help us reach folks that might not hear any other way, or might not believe what they hear from a stranger. Please, tell a friend.

Tax credit office holiday hours at 2200 Havasupai Blvd.:

  • December 1–19: 8 am to 5 pm.
  • December 22–23: 8 am to 3 pm.
  • Closed December 24 and 25.
  • December 26: 8 am to 3 pm.
  • December 29–31: 8 am to 3 pm.

Tax credit forms are available online and at the Smith's service desk, Mohave County Library, Horizon Community Bank, Mohave State Bank, and our district office. Checks and forms can be sent via U.S. Mail to Lake Havasu Unified School District, 2200 Havasupai Blvd., Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403. Your check should be made out to Lake Havasu Unified School District. If you mail it, it must be postmarked by 12/31/14. Otherwise it can't be used against your 2014 taxes. You may also pay by check, cash, or credit card at our district office. Have questions? Please call or email Jackie Taylor (505-6917 or jtaylor@havasu.k12.az.us).