Levy Information

TOWN HALL MEETING

There will be a Town Hall Meeting to discuss the Levy on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 at 6 PM in the Priest River Junior High Auditorium.

GREAT SCHOOLS! GREAT COMMUNITY! THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING WEST BONNER SCHOOLS!

SUPPLEMENTAL LEVY REQUEST

$3,000,000 per year for 2 Years

This levy replaces the current levy the district has in place.

Description Current Levy Proposed Year 1 Proposed Year 2
General Fund Shortfall $2,128,956 $2,220,914 $2,220,914
Advanced Opportunities $47,000 $ - $ -
School Resource Officer $55,000 $55,000 $55,000
Technology Supplies $68,400 $68,400 $68,400
Curriculum $87,000 $62,500 $62,500
Curriculum $87,000 $62,500 $62,500
Tuition Credit Payments $18,000 $9,000 $9,000
Longevity Stipend $55,000 $55,000 $55,000
Student Activities (Extra Curricular & Co-curricular) $354,653 $354,653 $354,653
Facilities $120,000 $130,650 $130,650
Bus Purchase (1 per yer.)
$27,841 $19,173
$19,173
       
Total $3,000,000 $3,000,000 $3,000,000

Click here for the Supplemental Levy Information- Facilities portion of the proposed 2017-2019 renewal levy.

WHY DO WE NEED TO RENEW THIS LEVY?

►Renewal of this levy will support existing programs:
♦Core subjects
♦Electives
♦School Resource Officer
♦Technology
♦Library and school supplies
♦Curriculum needs
♦Needed preventive facility needs
♦Extra-curricular & Co-curricular Activities

COMPARED TO OTHER DISTRICTS: TOTAL LEVY RATES

2016-2017 LOCAL PROPERTY TAX RATES FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS-RATE PER $1,000

(TAX LEVIES FOR SCHOOL PURPOSES)

Compared to districts in region

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Compared to districts with like enrollment

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AS FAMILIES COPE WITH UNPRECEDENTED ECONOMIC TIMES, WHAT IS THE DISTRICT DOING TO "TIGHTEN ITS BELT" AS WELL?

Times are tough for everyone-and it's no different for West Bonner County School District. The levy will not protect against further reductions, but will help the district retain some of the programs that are critical to overall student success. West Bonner County School District will continue to uphold its ongoing reputation of fiscal responsibility.

MONTHLY PROJECTED COST TO THE TAXPAYER

• 2017 Homeowner's Exemption: $100,000

•This is a levy renewal. The levy amount is the same as the prior year. The levy rate has decreased. Your school taxes will decrease.

Bonner Co. Assessed Property Value

Projected Tax with Homeowner’s Exemption

$100,000

$7.34

$150,000

$11.01

$200,000

$14.68

$250,000

$22.02

$300,000

$29.37

WITHOUT THE LEVY

►The WBCSD will be forced to make decisions that will alter the current programs, which include:
  • Reduced academic offerings
  • Closing school(s)
  • Moving to a 4-day school week
  • Extra-curricular & co-curricular activities
  • Delay of needed facility maintenance
  • Declaration of financial emergency

SUPPLEMENTAL LEVY INFORMATION

Click on the following links for more information:

Community Presentation.pptx

OUR VOTERS SAID YES!

POLLING PLACES

When to Vote: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Where to Vote: Your normal voting precinct. You will not be allowed to vote at any precinct other than your general election precinct. Call Bonner County at 208-255-3631 if you need help finding your precinct.

Click here for a list of polling places.

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?

On August 27th, 2006, the Idaho Legislature removed the $3.00 per thousand of assessed evaluation from your property taxes that went to schools. They replaced the property tax with a 1 cent increase in the sales tax. With the huge drop in the economy, the sales tax revenue has gone down drastically but our legislature has chosen to respond by simply cutting school budgets each year since 2008-09. Your property tax went down but schools are not adequately funded from the state. School Districts across Idaho are increasingly forced to go to their local voters for maintenance and operations levies.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact Information:

(208) 448-4439

Business Manager: Jennifer Phillips

JenniferPhillips@sd83.org

Superintendent: Paul Anselmo

PaulAnselmo@sd83.org

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