School District Hopes Bond and Levy will pass on Election Night

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Updated: 10/31/2012 4:36 pm

        A child’s education may be one of the most important things a parent has to think about for their little ones, and a lot of times, it doesn’t come easy. 

While education decisions are important for parents, they’re also important for school districts. That’s why a local school district is asking parents and community members for help.

The West Jefferson School District is proposing a bond and a levy; this is to help improve their facilities as well as to keep their educators that they already have.

“We’re trying to renew a 1995 bond that would normally expire in 2015, and extend that through 2032 with no tax increase, it would raise $4 Million and we would use those dollars to renovate our existing schools” said Superintendent John Murdoch.

Renovations like repairing roofs, updating mechanical and electrical systems, change door knobs, fix chips on the wall and refurbish classrooms into something like this.

The bond isn’t the only thing school district 253 would like; they’re also proposing a supplemental program levy.

“We, like all Idaho districts are really strapped for money and heretofore we have not had any supplemental levies or anything else to help us, as a consequence we’ve made serious cuts, we’ve reduced staff, we’ve cut salaries, we’ve eliminated positions and we’re just short of help” continued Murdoch.

The levy would be for $300,000.

It would be used to restore salaries, to restore school days that have been lost, to buy textbooks, to buy teacher’s supplies and cover basic costs to keep the schools running.

“$150,000 home, with a normal homeowner’s exemption, the taxes would increase $135.26 a year, or about $11.25 a month, for an irrigated farmland valued at $500 per acre, for taxable purposes the cost would be about for 1,000 acres it would be about $901 or about $75 a month, so it is a tax increase” said Murdoch.

The school board feels this is a reasonable amount of money to ask for; they’ve also been approached by patrons who asked to have the supplemental levy.

There will be a community information meeting on Thursday November 1st at the academic learning center auditorium.

Both the bond and levy will be on the Jefferson County ballot on November 6th.

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