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Taxpayers have mixed emotions regarding GFPS operational levy

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GREAT FALLS -

The Great Falls Public School district is asking for $1.4 million dollars from taxpayers. In less than a week, voters head to the ballot booth, casting their votes for the operational levy.

Marianne Pence explained to KFBB why she supports the 2018 operational levy. Pence said from her understanding it will only cost taxpayers a few extra dollars a year. We found that homes valued at $100,000 will pay a little more $13.00 a year and homes valued at $200,000 has to pay more than $26.00 a year. Pence added no matter what the cost, for her child's education is worth every penny.

Not everybody agrees with her, we continued the conversation on our Facebook page, people recommended just cutting administration pay to make up the difference. One woman who did not want to go on camera told us that the school is always asking for money and it's already hard enough just to make a  decent living.

According to school board member, Jeff Gray, the school system has lost over $9,000,000 dollars in budget cuts over the past 10 years.
He explained they are getting down to the bare bones.

Gray said, "schools are publicly funded and this is a public good that helps everybody whether you got kids or not. I benefit by having smart kids that will hopefully become doctors, nurses and welders, and mechanic and nursing home workers when I get to that point."

Voters will head to the polls on May 8th, to make a decision. For more information on this issue click the link below for full details about the levy.

https://gfps.k12.mt.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/2018-Operational-Levy-Information-5.pdf
 

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