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APRIL 29, 2010

Supplemental levy election set for May 18

   Based upon the loss of state funding for public education, the Joint School District No. 171 Board of Trustees will submit a supplemental levy ballot for $1,740,000 to voters on May 18. The amount is $250,000 more than last year’s levy.

   Even with the requested increase, school property tax rates for Joint School District No. 171 are below regional and state averages.

   The Supplemental Levy, approved annually by voters, plays an important role in providing quality education for students in our community and in maintaining and operating schools in the District. The levy provides $1 out of every $5 spent in the District’s general fund budget.

   Based on 2009 market values and home-owner exemptions, an increase in the supplemental levy of $250,000 would result in the following:

   Property assessed at $100,000: an increase of $22.04 per year or $1.84 per month

   Property assessed at $200,000: an increase of $44.07 per year or $3.67 per month

   Based on 2009 market values and home-owner exemptions, the $1,740,000 supplemental levy would result in a $153.37 tax for a property assessed at $100,000 and $306.74 tax for a property assessed at $200,000.

   Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. at Cavendish School, Peck Elementary, Pierce Community Center, U.S. Forest Service, Weippe City Hall, Orofino Junior High, and Orofino Elementary School.

   Please contact the School District Office at 476-5593 if you have any questions about the levy or about programs offered at our schools.