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Voters decide school levies on May 19

Cottonwood keeps same request: $350,000

COTTONWOOD – Cottonwood Joint School District 242 will ask its patrons for the same amount it did last year: $350,000.

Voters will go to the polls Tuesday, May 19, to vote on the one-year supplemental levy for the 2015-16 school year.

“We reduced the levy in 2014 from $387,000 to $350,000 as we used proceeds from the sale of a [former kindergarten] building,” explained JSD 242 superintendent Rene Forsmann. “We will keep the 2015 levy at $350,000 as we will use proceeds again. We will have one more year to use that money and hope to be able to do the same in 2016,” she said, to keep the levy at reasonable rate for taxpayers.

Cost per $1,000 for property owners, after homeowners’ exemption, is approximately $2.34.

In other district news, Gus Hoene and Tara Klapprich were sworn in for another four-year term for the school board. In addition, trustee Lynn Guyer resigned and the board appointed Tara Rowland who was sworn in at the April 20 board meeting.

“We are having a great year,” Forsmann added. “We are very busy right now with activities, testing, and scheduling for next year.”

Salmon River JSD 243 sets levy at $545,000

RIGGINS – Salmon River Joint School District 243 patrons will go to the polls May 19 to vote on a $545,000 supplemental levy for 2015-16.

Cost to taxpayers will be about $4.16 per thousand of the assessed value of their property, minus the homeowner’s exemption. The school board and administration adjusted the budget to keep the levy amount the same as last year.

To receive an absentee ballot, contact the Idaho County Courthouse at 983-2751. Register to vote the day of the levy with valid ID and proof of address.

Current board members are Rich Friend, Eric Hook, Barbara Hawkins, Seth Allen and Susan Hollenbeak. Visit the school web site at www.; call the business manager at 630-6027; or attend the monthly board meetings on the third Monday of the month.

Kamiah patrons to vote on $325,000 levy

KAMIAH — Kamiah Joint School District 304 will ask its patrons to provide $325,000 for a one-year supplemental levy to be voted on May 19.

According to past board meeting news, the levy will, in part, support computer lab upgrades, math curriculum, music and art programs, kindergarten, facility upgrades, playground equipment, a counselor and tutor.


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