Minidoka County Joint School District seeks $2.25 million dollar levy

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RUPERT, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The Minidoka County Joint School District is seeking a $2.25 million dollar Plant Facilities Supplemental Levy in the Nov. 7 elections.

The district said passage of the levy will help update security systems, doors in various buildings and HVAC systems throughout the district, as well as reroof and remodel the first service building, among other proposed projects.

If the levy passes, it will total $4.5 million over two years from 2018 through 2020.

A general misconception is that levy funds are used to cover salaries, employee benefits or general operations, which they are not.

Superintendent Ken Cox explained the two ways the vote could go and what would impact the voter’s though process while voting.

"The funds we get from the state have improved significantly over the last few years. But they're still not at the levels that our community has come to expect. And therefore those additional funds help maintain the quality of education we've been able to provide,” Cox said.

But the levy does come at a cost to tax payers, especially since the levy amount is larger than it has been in the past.

"The challenge is we are asking for an increase. An increase of approximately $10 per $100,000. For a $300,000 home, it would be about $40 per year increase,” Cox said.

The plant facilities supplemental levies are only used for facility maintenance and upkeep, partial funding for bus leases and technology infrastructure, devices and software.

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