Elections are right around the corner and School District 93 in Idaho Falls is asking patrons to vote on a $3 Million supplemental levy for each of the next two years.
This supplemental levy is just a renewal of a levy that was passed back in 2007.
“Since the 2008/2009 school year, if those same levels of funding would have been given to us this year we’d have $7 Million more. So we’re $7 Million short than we were since 08/09 and so what this supplemental levy does is it helps us to balance our budget and continue the programs that we have going without having to cut anything” said Superintendent Dr. Charles Shackett.
The levy covers anything that can be purchased out of the district’s maintenance and operation budget; which includes a teacher’s aide in the classroom to paying for certain
programs the school district offers.
“Our levy rate will not increase by renewing this levy, it’s just very important that they understand it’ll have no impact on the district’s levy rate, we’ve built it into our debt repayment structure so we can renew this levy at $3 Million and keep the levy rate the same, which is what our board has been committed to over the last six years” said School District 93 CFO April Burton.
So as long as the county doesn’t increase the taxable market value, patrons who live in School District 93’s boundaries won’t see a tax increase.
“So we believe it’s a community effort, so whether you have children still or now you have grandchildren, I think it’s part of making sure your community is well educated so everyone can have a bright promising future” continued Shackett.
District 93 will have a public meeting on the supplemental levy in the district office on Wednesday, March 6th at 7 p.m.
The supplemental levy requires a simple majority or fifty percent plus one of voter approval for it to pass.
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