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MVSD patrons to decide $2.6M levy

Elections 2016: March 8

MVSD 244 levy comparison years

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MVSD 244 levy comparison years

— Mountain View School District 244 will bring a familiar levy amount in front of voters March 8. The district will ask its patrons to approve a $2,663,246 supplemental levy, the same amount as the past three years, for the 2016-17 school year.

“We’re trying to maintain our programs and take care of our facilities as costs continue to rise,” said superintendent Kent Stokes. “About the only thing not going up right now is the price of gas.”

Stokes said the district has done a lot of cleanup of its grounds in the past year-plus and still has “more work to do.”

“We replaced a roof at Clearwater Valley Elementary School in Kooskia and now we need to patch the agriculture ed classroom roof at Grangeville High,” Stokes said. “It’s of vital importance to take care of what we have.”

Stokes said his first priorities are the safety and education of the students.

“To that end, we fix as we can, and we also try to continually adopt new curriculum,” he said.

Stokes said he has goals to be able to add to the district’s tech programs.

“I think we do a pretty good job of preparing our kids for college, but I think we fall down on the job when it comes to tech side,” he said. “We need to prepare kids to go on from high school and go right to work or be involved in a vocational program, too.”

MVSD’s levy will cost a patron within the district, after the subtraction of the homeowner’s exemption, approximately $328 for a house valued at $100,000. The actual levy amount will be based on the September 2016 market value of the district.

In cost per thousand of taxable market value, MVSD is one of the lowest with McCall and Cottonwood falling slightly lower. Those districts with higher rates include Salmon River, Orofino, Nezperce, Lewiston, Potlatch and Moscow. Kendrick has the highest cost per thousand is just more than $8. Lewiston is at just more than $5 and MVSD is at just more than $3. Cottonwood falls at about $2.50.


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