Many local school districts will soon be asking tax payers for additional money through supplemental levies, but the three million dollar Supplemental Levy scheduled for March 12 in Jefferson School District 251 has been canceled. Summer Joy has more on the situation.
District 251 Board of Trustees met in a special meeting Tuesday where they reviewed the progress of the House Bill 65 which will restore the "use it or lose it" flexibility to the school district for 2013. The Bill has passed through the house and is predicted to pass the senate with little opposition. If it continues through the senate it will restore $800 thousand dollars in revenue to District 251 for the fiscal year 2013. Due to this cancelation tax payers could save between 20 to 30 dollars a month depending on their home value.
"We don't want to impose taxes or create taxes that we don't need," said Guy Wangsgard, the Buisness Manager for School District 251.
If all the legislation is successful through 2014 for School District 251 it will bring in about $2.1 million dollars; so they would still need about a million dollars for 2014.
"The state is required to provide a free and appropriate education for students and it needs to be equitable. If you were to look at the equity across Idaho right now at public schools it is not equitable because there is different levels of support because of supplemental levels that are being passed all around the state. It is my hope that it could become more equalized so that no matter where you live in Idaho, you have the same opportunity for education as anyone else in the state of Idaho," added Wangsgard.
Depending on legislation the Board will have to either run a smaller levy in May or make budget cuts for the following year.
District 251 has scheduled a board meeting for March 27th to review the data and make final decisions about any smaller supplemental levy proposal for May or school budget cuts.