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304 levy: numbers in conflict; who, what do we believe?

Letter to the Editor

Levy time again!

Kamiah School District 304, Idaho and Lewis County property taxpayers, do not forget to vote on March 8.

On Jan. 28, the Clearwater Progress printed an article from the school regarding the “Reserve Fund Levy” for $133,350. The percentage rate per $1.000 would be .000666110 or $67.67 per $100,000. Reasonable! However, on Feb. 16 the Lewiston Tribune printed a figure of $5.61 per $1,000. They stated that on a $150,000 amount that would be $841. My figure on $100,000 would be $561. Who do we believe? On Feb. 18 in the Clearwater Progress, Mr. Mercer stated that the Tribune’s figure was incorrect by eight times too much. Who do we believe?

Back in 2014 when the $650,000 passed we were told that it would be $30 per $100,000. Reasonable! When the levy was passed, it was 10 times more, $300 per $100,000. Who do we believe?

When the school board met in 2015 to discuss the $325,000 levy, two different lists were submitted for what this levy was for. Neither list included roof repair. That was to be covered under the forest funds and the $650,000 levy. To date, the roof has not been repaired, but the parking lot was paved. Who do we believe?

Now you want a new levy, “Reserve Fund Levy.” Sixty-seven dollars would not be too much of a burden. However, $561 would be a burden on us property taxpayers. We just received a 50 percent reduction on our current tax bill because the $650,000 levy and the 20-year bond went off. Apparently we are being asked to pay for this repair again with a guarantee of where the money will go this time around.

No matter how you vote, property taxpayers, your vote does count.

Please vote.

Joinne Gordon



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