School District Wants 49% Increase in Levy
The biennial LPOSD supplemental levy will be on the ballot this March. Here are some facts to consider before going to the polls March 12th:
The district is asking for $25.4 million for the two-year period. This is $8.4 million higher than the 2017 levy, a 49% increase, making it the largest ever increase in the supplemental levy. This is despite the State of Idaho increasing its school funding an average of 7.33% for each of the past three years. West Bonner County School District is considering not raising their levy at all, keeping the same amount as the current two-year levy in the amount of $2.9 million per year.
This Supplemental Levy will take place as a stand-alone ballot issue which will cost all Bonner County tax payers more than $61,000 to administer. This levy vote will take place in March, a time when many residents are out of state causing low voter turnout.
The district’s argument has been that if the levy fails it would “result in the reduction of programs and services to the detriment of our community and students.” This is factually incorrect. If this levy is voted down, the trustees can rethink the numbers and bring it back to the voters in May. Please vote against this levy.
Bonner County Republican Central Committee
Victoria Zeischegg, Chairman
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