As of Tuesday, May 8, 2018
The difficult decision the commissioners and the school district had to make with respect to proper funding of operations has been recognized; the citizens agreed with these decisions and they stepped up to the challenge. Idaho County Farm Bureau is grateful for that decision.
The county has now received the Secure Rural Schools funding and some letters to the editor have recommended that these tax assessments should be returned to the citizens. Idaho County Farm Bureau agrees with these recommendations.
The school district and the county each assessed over $600,000 in additional taxes from last year; we are talking about 1.2 million dollars of taxpayers’ hard-earned money. If and when the county or the schools need the money, the citizens have demonstrated that they are willing to pay their fair share.
As one of the oldest established farming organizations, we understand what these additional dollars mean to the citizens of Idaho County. How many additional animals could be purchased at the fair? How many more groceries could be afforded by our citizens, rather than utilizing the food banks? What if these dollars mean the difference between a store on Main Street keeping its doors open or closing? Our elected officials should exercise right judgment and trust the people of Idaho County with their money.
We appreciate your service as our elected officials and the tough decisions that are made from the chairs you sit in. Now is the time to exercise the trust granted to you. Do the right thing and return to the taxpayers what they so willingly agreed to support when you did not have the SRS funds.