Credit For Kids Raises Record-Setting Donations

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Credit for Kids tax donations raised more than $50,000 in 2004 for Payson High School and its facilities improvement projects.

The biggest increase, $7,712.36, was allocated to Julia Randall Elementary School. In 2003 the school received $20,951.47. Those donations increased to $28,663.83 in 2004.

In all, the $205,050.41 taxpayers donated to the Payson Unified School District was an all-time high. Last year, the district received $189.377.55.

Other 2004 donations:

  • Frontier Elementary School -- $24,092.46 from $18,770.38 in 2003.
  • Rim Country Middle School --20,465.83 from $17,848.17 in 2003.
  • Payson Center for Success -- $18,530.00 from $17,048.37 in 2003.
  • Payson High School -- $43,967.00 from $37,689.50 in 2003.

Credit for Kids did see some decreases in donations this year. The high school's stadium project and Payson Elementary School were the only two of the 11 major designees that experienced decreases in donations.

The stadium improvement project had a decline of $7,000 from last year while PES donations went down to $18,79.95 from $19,502.54 in 2003.

The Credit for Kids program was passed into law in 1997 by the Arizona State Legislature. It allows households to deduct, as a tax credit, fees paid to schools for extracurricular activities.

Because the donations are a dollar-for-dollar credit, there is no cost to the taxpayer.

Individual taxpayers may contribute up to $200; joint taxpayers up to $250.

When using the donations, school officials must designate they fund extracurricular activities.

In past years, the Payson Center for Success used the money for career exploration, cultural awareness projects and the development of the year book. At Rim Country Middle School, money has been used by the musical theater, Outdoor Adventure Club and for a Science Olympiad.

Frontier Elementary has purchased musical instruments with the money and funded the Wolf Impressions after school program.

At Payson Elementary School, the donations have been used for field trips, academic enrichment programs and the orchestra.

Julia Randall School officials have paid for field trips, special assemblies, band, orchestra and after school enrichment programs.

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