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MVSD 244 levy vote set for March 14

Asking $2,663,246; same request for past five years

2016 Total School Levy

2016 Total School Levy

Mountain View School District 244 will again ask patrons for a $2,663,246 supplemental levy on March 14.

“The school board has done its best to be good stewards of the district’s money,” superintendent Kent Stokes said. “The board has been diligent in keeping the levy amount the same for the past five years.”

The levy rate is .00322. A house with an assessed valuation of $100,000 would pay $322 for the MVSD 244 levy for 2017. That amount is estimated using the current year value after subtracting the homeowner’s exemption. The actual levy amount will be based upon the September 2017 taxable market value of the district. Estimates are traditionally very close to actual costs.

For MVSD, costs per $1,000 of the next taxable property value were at an all-time high in 2004 at just more than $7 per thousand, and at a low of $2 in 2009. This compares to this year’s estimated $3.22.

In 2016, MVSD was toward the bottom in levy costs per thousand compared to neighboring school districts. For example, Kendrick was at $7.86 per thousand while Salmon River (Riggins) was at $4.02. Lowest was Cottonwood at $2.40. Average for 14 neighboring districts, including MVSD 244, was $5.04 (see graph for details).

MVSD’s levy is for general maintenance and operations of school programs. This includes, but is not limited to, programs and offerings and teacher employment over the state allotment, activities, curriculum and building upkeep.

Absentee voting for the levy started Feb. 2. Those wishing to vote absentee by mail must first submit an application for absent elector’s ballot form or request by letter including name and address. The request must be received at least 11 days prior to the election day. The request letter must include signature(s). All parties requesting a ballot form must sign the letter of request. The completed application can be delivered by mail, or in person, to Idaho County Elections Department, 320 West Main Street, Rm 5, Grangeville Idaho 83530.


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