Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Two school levies go to vote March 11

The Orofino Joint School District #171’s two school levies will go to voters Tuesday, March 11. Voters will decide on a two-year Maintenance & Operations levy with no increase either year. If passed by patrons the amount will remain at $2,285,000 per year for two fiscal years (total two year levy is $4,570,000.)

According to School Superintendent Bob Vian a two-year levy would allow the district to better plan for the future, providing more security for younger staff by assuring more stable funding and allow the taxpayers to know what taxes will be in the future for personal budgeting. The two-year levy will also reduce the cost and number of elections by 50 percent.

If the levy passes it will also guarantee taxpayers that there will not be a tax increase in locally funded operating expenses over the three years that the current and proposed school levies are in effect.

Last year’s levy of the same amount, $2,285,000, resulted in a property tax rate of approximately $4.55 per thousand dollars of taxable property value during the 2013-14 fiscal year.

The second levy is a School Facility Plant Levy for 10 fiscal years at $100,000 per year. This is for health and safety improvements in the district’s five schools. If approved by 55% of voters the tax rate is expected to be less than 20 cents per thousand of property tax value.

For more information on the election see the Sample Ballot on page 4B of this week’s Clearwater Tribune.

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