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School Levy Ballots Have Been Mailed Out

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The levy request now lies on the hands of the residents. Last month the school board voted unanimously to have a mail out ballot levy election. The levy calls for nearly $1 million in funds. Some Great Falls residents oppose the idea.

"Because it's just one more dollar on property tax is what they tell you. Just a few more dollars and every year, just keeps increasing," says Charles Henry.

The ballots were mailed out Monday. Residents will begin seeing them in their mailboxes on Tuesday.

The $981,748 will be used toward programs like Graduation Matters to help students graduate, building and teaching upgrades and school safety.

"The last year has provided us with some painful reminders of the vulnerability of school children. There are things that parents and police have told us we could do to improve the security of our schools," says Chair of the Great Falls Public Schools Board of Trustees Mary Moe. 

Homeowners with a property valued at $100,000 will pay an extra $12.11 a year. If voters decide not to pass the levy, the school board will face tough decisions.

"We'll have to make cuts. In the last five years, we've cut $5.8 million out of the budget. We've laid off 50 teaching positions. I would hate to see us make cuts again," says Moe. 

But opposers say homeowners are taxed enough.

"They've got to cut because the people out there, the small people that are paying aren't able to make it," says Henry.

"The opposition, I'm thinking in terms of can we afford it. I just think we can't afford not to,"says Moe.
She says the request is reasonable but understands it's an individual decision. Voters have until June 25th to turn in their ballots. 


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