HELENA - In order to get teachers in Helena a raise, taxpayers are going to have to pony up a few more bucks a month in property taxes. Today voters are deciding whether or not to do just that, along with creating a new school district in East Helena.
If both the first measure is approved, it could make Helena teachers some of the highest paid educators in the state. The ballot measure is broken down into 2 parts, one for elementary and one for high school.
For the elementary portion, it would raise property taxes $6.37 per year on a home valued at $200,000.
For the high school portion, it would raise property taxes $2.27 per year on a home also valued at $200,000. This would apply to areas including, Helena, East Helena, Wolf Creek and Canyon Creek.
Overall the school district is looking to bring in $347,154 to boost teachers pay by 1.5%
If the measure does not pass teachers will still see an increase but only at .05%
The other major issue on the ballot concerns East Helena. Voters are looking to separate East Helena from the Capital City and potentially build their own high school at a cost of $29.5M. This ballot should be turned into the school district building not the election office.