Levies up for approval in Cottonwood, Riggins

Elections: May 16

Voters in two area districts will weigh in on levy requests. Cottonwood Joint School District 242 (CJSD) maintained its amount from the previous year at $350,000. Salmon River Joint School District 243 (SRJSD) lowered its levy to $525,00.

The question will be put to voters Tuesday, May 16.

CJSD also will elect trustees for zones 1, 2 and 5. Trustees Aaron Hinkleman, zone 1; Tara Rowland, zone 2; and Pat Alfrey, zone 3 all are running unopposed.

SRJSD’s request is a decrease of $20,000 less than the previous year, which was a $545,000 supplemental levy in 2016. That amount had remained unchanged for at least the past two previous years. CJSD’s request maintained stable for the fourth consecutive year.

Levy funding for 242 would cover miscellaneous expenses and activities in the district’s general fund budget. The district 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.

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.

No information regarding the 243 budget has been made available to the Free Press and is not available on its website.

Those who are not currently registered to vote may do so the day of the levy with valid ID and proof of address.

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