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Cassia Voters Hit The Polls For Plant Facilities Levy

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By Brittany Cooper

Burley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Cassia County voters will have another opportunity to vote on a Plant Facilities Levy. Voters barely turned down a $23 million levy in March.

Officials think this is the right time since they've scaled the price tag back. Now the levy is at $13.85 million.

Mountain View Elementary School was built in the 1970's. The architect went with an open classroom style.

Debbie Critchfield, Community Relations, Cassia Joint School District explains, "slowly over the years the district realized it was a necessity to come in and put in walls, teachers were using filing cabinets and stacks of books to separate themselves from a teacher that was in a classroom five feet away teaching their own students."

Slowly but surely, the rooms started to become enclosed, except for the library. School district officials are finding without the walls or doors, it's a security risk.

"The school has a duty to protect students as well," adds Critchfield.

Now, the former plant facilities levy is about to expire. Only .5% of the general fund actually goes towards maintenance.

Mountain View Elementary School is an example of a school that could stand to use repairs or upgrades.

The King Fine Arts Center just suffered a setback over the weekend to its air conditioning unit.

"The price tag on that to repair is $150,000 and certainly that wasn't budgeted in. And something like a plant facility levy over 10 years would address some of these issues," adds Critchfield.

The board put together a list of proposals that totals $13.85 million, "everything from putting security cameras in to replacing leaky roofs to tile repair to carpets."

A list of priorities that without this levy will continue to be a problem.

The Cassia County election will be on August 27th.


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