Monday, April 18, 2011

Boise School Board to Consider Tax-Hike Vote

Posted By on Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Facing funding levels not seen since 2000, the Boise School District board will consider a supplemental property tax levy election for Tuesday, Aug. 30, at tonight's meeting. The amount of the proposed tax hike would be decided on July 11, when the school board hammers out a spending plan for the 2012-2013 school year.

"This would be our first levy since 1995," district spokesman Dan Hollar told Citydesk. "That's when voters approved $3 million for technology expenses."

Hollar said from the 2008-2009 school year through the 2012-2013 school year, the district projected its revenues have declined by $36 million.

"That's $23 million less in state funding and a $13 million drop from local property tax revenue," said Hollar.

To offset that drop, the district has had all employees take three furlough days and no money has been allocated for new textbooks or library books.

"The levy would be our attempt to maintain current class sizes and current teaching staff," he said.

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