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Voters decide levy requests on March 8

Districts 244, 304 seek funds for programs; for facility care

MVSD 244 levy comparison years

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MVSD 244 levy comparison years

Polling places

•Local polling places for all March 8 elections include Crystal IOOF Lodge in Clearwater; Cottonwood Community Hall; Elk City School; Fenn Domestic Club; Ferdinand Assumption Hall; Greencreek Community Hall; Glenwood School House (Glover); National Guard Armory in Grangeville; Harpster Community Building; Life Center Church in Kamiah; Kooskia City Hall; Canyon Pines RV Resort in Pollock; Heritage Center in Riggins; The Country Center in Stites; White Bird IOOF Hall; Woodland Friends Church; and absentee ballots at the Idaho County Courthouse.

Mail-out precincts include Slate Creek, Lowell, Joseph and Big Butte.

Both Mountain View School District 244 and Kamiah Joint School District 304 patrons will go the polls March 8 to decide on levies.

In MVSD 244, voters will be asked to approve a $2,663,246 supplemental levy.

“We’re trying to maintain our programs and take care of our facilities as costs continue to rise,” said superintendent Kent Stokes.

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.

“This will cost patrons exactly the same as last year to run the same programs,” Stokes added. “I ask our district to come out and support the levy.”

KJSD 304 is asking its patrons to approve a one-year $133,350 school plant facilities reserve fund levy. This is meant to be used solely to replace a leaking roof at Kamiah Middle School.

Unlike a supplemental levy which only requires a simple majority to pass, a facilities levy must obtain an approval of at least 55 percent to pass.

In the past, levies have not been successful at Kamiah.

“The bedrock every society and community is built upon is its education system,” said Kamiah parent Robert Millage. “While I don’t believe in writing school districts a blank check backed with our hard-earned taxpayer dollars, I do believe we shouldn’t skimp on funding our schools.”


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