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Levy set Tuesday: MVSD 244 to ask patrons for $2.6 million supplemental levy

Where to vote

Patrons can vote on the levy 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 10 at the following places: Grangeville Armory, Clearwater IOOF Hall, Elk City School, Harpster Community Center, Kooskia City Hall, Country Center (Stites) and the White Bird Royal Gem IOOF Hall.

Voters can also stop by the Idaho County Courthouse 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., to vote absentee through Friday, March 6.

Voters in Mountain View School District 244 will be asked to go the polls Tuesday, March 10, and vote on a $2,663,246 supplemental levy.

Superintendent Kent Stokes reiterated that MVSD’s cost per thousand of taxable market value – meaning how much each property owner pays in school taxes – is one of the three lowest in the region at less than $3 per thousand. Cottonwood Joint School District 242 is almost the same while only Kamiah’s Joint School District 304 is lower at just more than $1.

“The school board and district have done a great job of managing the funds throughout the years,” Stokes said. “We could not accomplish all we have without the great community support.”

“It’s obvious the kids in this district are important to the patrons,” he added. “I so appreciate that attitude.”

Although the deletion of SRS (Secure Rural Schools or “forest”) funds will be a blow to MVSD, Stokes said he is not ready to go into panic mode.

“Right now we are doing OK. We just need all our school supporters to get out and vote,” he said.

“I believe we all have the same goal and that is to provide the very best education possible for our students,” he stated.

The levy amount has been kept at the same amount for the past three years. In 2012, the levy passed with 55 percent of voters in favor, and in 2014, it passed with 52 percent in favor.

Stokes and MVSD business manager Becky Hogg are available to answer questions on the levy. Call 983-0990.


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