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Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2012 12:00 am

School board members in Post Falls will decide whether to seek an emergency school fund levy this weekend.

The board of trustees is meeting Saturday at 10 a.m. at the district's central office, 206 W. Mullan Ave., to discuss the possible property tax levy.

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.

"We ended up with 40 new students," wrote Post Falls Superintendent Jerry Keane, in a message to The Press.

Districts generally review their students' average daily attendance for the first three days of school to determine if their district is eligible for emergency tax dollars. The Idaho statute regarding school emergency fund levies calls for boards to certify such levies before the second Monday in September.

Last week, Keane told The Press the county commissioners granted his district an extension to submit local tax information, giving them more time to review their attendance data.

School started on Tuesday, Sept. 4, and by Wednesday, attendance in Post Falls was up by 20 students, and rose slightly the following day.

Keane stated that if Post Falls trustees go forward with the emergency levy, the district will receive between $150,000 and $175,000, with a cost to taxpayers of 9 cents per $1,000 of taxable assessed property value.

A year ago, student attendance in Post Falls jumped by 31, but the board did not certify an emergency levy of $120,000 it was eligible for because a supplemental maintenance and operations levy was approved by voters the previous spring. At the time, the cost of the emergency levy would have increased Post Falls school property taxes beyond the $12 high-water mark set during the spring levy campaign.

A two-year property tax levy voters approved to build KTEC, the professional-technical high school, is coming off the tax rolls this year, which will likely cushion the impact felt by an emergency levy, if the board decides to seek one.

Trustees in the Coeur d'Alene School District decided Friday to turn down the opportunity to levy $260,579 in property taxes without voter consent. Superintendent Hazel Bauman recommended against the levy, citing voters' recent approval of a $32.7 construction bond and the need to ask voters to pass a supplemental maintenance and operations levy in March.

Attendance was down in the Lakeland district, making that district ineligible for an emergency levy.

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  • idahoguy posted at 6:40 pm on Thu, Sep 13, 2012.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    Ha ha ha ha ..... If I had gotten even one refund check in returned money for when there were less children then I might believe your lie mister d. You get a D for spinning the truth again. Anyone here ever get a refund check from the school district when the head count dropped? ANYONE!!! Nope.

    But when it goes up they want a check from us....ha ha ha ha only fools believe those money grabbers. It is not about the children but it is about honesty and transparency.

  • mister d posted at 7:44 am on Thu, Sep 13, 2012.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    If the student count is low money is taken away, if it rises money is needed to educated these new kids. The amount is about $4000 per student, a bargin by any means. It is also one of the lowest per student costs in the nation. Maybe if the state would properly fund education this wouldn't have to happen. Cheap skates holding the next generation hostage in poverty and uneducated.

  • idahoguy posted at 6:31 am on Thu, Sep 13, 2012.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    Here we go again... and again... and again... and.....

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