Photo by Laurie Chapman
Patty Hinkleman helps guide student through and English poetry lesson Friday, March 24, at Prairie Jr.-Sr. High School. The Cottonwood Joint School District 242, which employs Hinkleman, is asking voters to fund a $350,000 supplemental levy May 16. The funds would assist the district is paying maintenance, janitorial and other expenses for the 2017-2018 school year.
As of Tuesday, March 28, 2017
COTTONWOOD For a fourth consecutive year, Cottonwood Joint School District 242 is asking patrons to fund a $350,000 supplemental levy. The election will be put to voters May 16, along with trustee selection for zones 1, 2 and 5.
Levy funding would cover miscellaneous expenses and activities in the district’s general fund budget. Trustees Aaron Hinkleman, zone 1; Tara Rowland, zone 2; and Pat Alfrey, zone 3 all face re-election. Residents may file as a write-in candidate for one of those seats until Monday, April 3.
“I don’t think anybody is going to argue with us that we utilize the money well,” Superintendent Rene Forsmann said. “I don’t think there’s an argument from anybody, at least I haven’t heard it, that we aren’t fiscally sound. All around us, I mean, we do with less, we really do. But we need that, there’s no doubt about it, we need it.”
A house with an assessed valuation of $100,000 would pay $228 for the CJSD 242 levy in 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.
Costs per $1,000 of the next taxable property value were at a high in 2012 at $2.94 per thousand, and at a low of $1.12 in 2009. This compares to this year’s estimated $2.28.
CJSD currently operates with a $3.6 million general fund budget. Staffing and benefits comprise 82 percent, with insurance taking 13 percent of that piece of the pie. The remaining 18 percent of the budget covers utilities, janitorial expense, maintenance, substitutes, activities, technology and other budget requests.
Absentee voting for the levy will begin April 17. 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, ID 83530.