City civics quiz: Of the 2,670 FCCPS students, what percentage live in the 7 mixed-use condo or rental apartment buildings that have opened in the past 15 years?
A. 35 percent
B. 17 percent
C. 8 percent
If you picked C, you’re correct. In all the newer buildings combined — Broadway, Byron, Spectrum, Pearson Square, Read, Northgate and WestBroad — there are 218 students, or just 8 percent of FCCPS’ total enrollment.
Why, then, does the rumor persist in some circles that our schools are being flooded by kids from these 7 buildings? Beats me. Numbers don’t lie.
All together, these 7 buildings have 719 dwelling units. 218 pupils in 719 units works out to .30 students per unit. That low percentage means low public-service costs for The City.
Because of their low public-service costs, these buildings, taken together, are strongly revenue-positive for The City. They pay far more taxes than they cost in public expenditures. This net revenue helps us bear the cost of schools and City services and facilities. Without this net revenue, our property tax rate would be at least 5 percent higher, probably more.
Ok then, you ask, where do most of our students come from? Simple: from single-family detached homes in The City’s residential neighborhoods. That’s where we see steady generational turnover of housing stock, as empty nesters sell to families with young children.
I invite you to share this with your neighbors and friends, to help foster civic knowledge and promote citizen dialogue in our community.
More to come…