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Post Falls school district declines emergency levy

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Posted: Friday, September 14, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 9:53 am, Fri Nov 16, 2012.

Post Falls taxpayers will not be paying for an emergency school levy this fall.

A Saturday morning school board meeting scheduled to consider a possible levy has been canceled.

At the start of each school year, Idaho education law allows boards in growing districts to seek property tax relief, without voter approval, to cover the cost of educating additional students for whom the district is not receiving a state appropriation.

The Post Falls district started the year with 20 more students, it rose to 40 and then fell off again.

"While we still qualify for a small emergency levy, we are going to focus instead on what we need to do with our supplemental levy this spring," Keane told The Press.

Supplemental levies are voter-approved local property tax measures that provide funds to support school district operations. Supplemental levy dollars cannot be used to pay for school building or renovation projects.

"As you know we have the lowest supplemental levy rate in North Idaho and we will need an infusion of revenue to do even what we are doing now for next year," wrote Keane, in a message to The Press. "Our bigger budget issues are caused by the state reducing our appropriation by $3,600,000 since 2009."

While his district cut its budget by $1.5 million in the last few years, Keane wrote that they will need at least another $1.5 million to continue providing the same programs they have this year.

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  • idahoguy posted at 7:08 am on Fri, Sep 14, 2012.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    "Post Falls taxpayers will not be paying for an emergency school levy this fall"...

    Funny...I thought the tax payers, under employed, non employed and the rest of us struggling out here still got to vote on any levy. This article sounds like the district just gave us a reprieve with no vote from us. I am telling you folks they are addicted to money and have little regard for the current tough and soon to get much tougher time. You ain't seen economic slow down and decay like you are about to....

    You will be lucky if school are even open////

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