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School District Levy In Minidoka County

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By Andrew Reed

Rupert, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) Statewide budget cuts have been made to school districts across the Magic Valley, Minidoka County being one of them.

District officials are counting on voters to flow more money into the budget.

“In the past, we've had a resolution of a levy at $1.2 million. This year we've determined there are additional needs in our district and we determined to go to $1.95 million," explains Tammy Stevenson, Board Chair of the Minidoka County School District.

The proposed 1.95 million dollar two-year levy will improve technology in the classroom and includes building enhancements.

"This levy is critical for us at this point in our schooling. Since 2005, our levy rates have remained the same and during that time has stayed the same. State and federal funding has gone down $3.5 million a year," Stevenson says.

The district’s supplemental levy that has passed in recent years is ranked 78 out of 114 in the state.

"Minidoka compared to other school districts in the Magic Valley are currently the lowest. We do only have one levy that we attempt to pass every two years and it is the plant/facilities supplemental levy," points out Interim Superintendent Sandra Miller, Minidoka County School District.

If the levy passes, homeowners will see a tax of two-dollars and 59 cents on their monthly bill; annually it's 31 dollars.

Something you will decide... whether or not to increase a tax for the future of education.


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