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Did I miss something? Just asking

Letter to the Editor

I appreciate the dedication of the county commission and the area school boards. Yet, my question remains.

Taken from what I expect were factual news stories, Salmon River School District lowered its levy to $525,000 this year, the Cottonwood School District ran the same $350,000 levy, Kamiah School District passed a new $500,000 levy, Mountain View School District raised the school levy by $490,000, specifically to cover lost SRS funding, and Idaho County increased property taxes by $663,000, specifically to cover lost SRS funding. Good planning.

Then, unexpectedly, Congress restored SRS funding at the 95 percent level, negating the need for the county tax increase and much of the school levies. The restored SRS funding gives $1.2 million to Idaho County, $950,000 to Mountain View School District, $210,000 to the Kamiah School District, $340,000 to the Cottonwood School District, and $83,000 to the Salmon River School District.

Right? Did I miss something?

When we overpay a utility bill, a mortgage, or an income tax, we are credited, or sent a check for the overpayment. Apparently, though, the process to refund the overpayment is more complicated at the county and school level. OK, I get that. But is it more complicated to give it back than it was to raise?

Just asking.

James Rockwell



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