Voters pass levies

2011-05-04T00:15:00Z Voters pass leviesBy Nick Gevock of The Montana Standard Montana Standard

Levies to fund the Butte High and elementary schools passed by wide margins Tuesday night.

Final numbers available at 10:30 p.m. showed the elementary levy passed 2,964 to 1,671. The high school mill levy passed 2,864 votes to 1,789.

For both levies, the amounts that will actually be raised is less than what appeared on the ballot. That’s because the state Legislature in the final days passed a school funding bill that lowers the tax burden on property owners.

In the end, voters will see a 3.69-mill increase for the elementary district to raise $181,000 for school operations and maintenance. That comes to about a $6 increase per year on a $100,000 home.

For the high school district, property owners will see a jump of 8.25 mills to raise an additional $412,000. That will result in a rise in taxes of about $14 on a $100,000 home.

J.R. Richardson, business manager, has said the increases are needed to maintain school budgets during a time of decreasing enrollment.

In other school election results:

ANACONDA

Glenda Crum and Stephen Tozzi won the two open seats on the Anaconda school board Tuesday night. Crum received 536 votes and Tozzi 479. Write-in candidate Nick Mikalatos received 207 votes.

Incumbent Michael Huotte, appointed to a vacant board position last year after not enough people applied, received 617 votes.

PHILIPSBURG

In a 193-109 vote, Philipsburg voters approved 8.8 mills to keep the school’s operating budget on par for next year. The levy will keep the district’s budget at $1.57 million for the 2011-2012 school year. 


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(8) Comments

  1. what_the_F
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    what_the_F - May 05, 2011 1:11 pm
    I have an idea! Lets make everyone pay for this. Instead of just home owners being saddled with this... lets spread the burden around. Take it out of the paychecks and welfare checks of those that don't own property. I bet that would raise cane!
  2. newsfan
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    newsfan - May 04, 2011 4:19 pm
    Yes, let's follow the republican mantra and limit the right to vote. That's not very democratic!
  3. whoyakiddin
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    whoyakiddin - May 04, 2011 3:57 pm
    what_the_F said: "Only those who actually pay property tax in this city should be voting in this election; NOT family members of teachers, family members of those that work for the school district and student family members; unless they are HOME OWNERS(that end up paying for all). The State Supreme Court should look into the way Butte's mill levies and other elections are handled. "


    You should too!
  4. whoyakiddin
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    whoyakiddin - May 04, 2011 3:57 pm
    Disclaimer said: "Happy to see this pass with a wide margin. There may be no better investment for Butte than in its schools. Too bad Roadwarrior won't be a beneficiary."

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    Thank your lucky stars that he didn't find a mate and reproduce little roadapples for future generations.
  5. Buckminster
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    Buckminster - May 04, 2011 3:08 pm

    Gee, I guess some voters actually think that kids are important and education is important if this country is to grow and prosper.
  6. what_the_F
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    what_the_F - May 04, 2011 1:59 pm
    Only those who actually pay property tax in this city should be voting in this election; NOT family members of teachers, family members of those that work for the school district and student family members; unless they are HOME OWNERS(that end up paying for all). The State Supreme Court should look into the way Butte's mill levies and other elections are handled.
  7. Disclaimer
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    Disclaimer - May 04, 2011 12:46 pm
    Happy to see this pass with a wide margin. There may be no better investment for Butte than in its schools. Too bad Roadwarrior won't be a beneficiary.
  8. ROADWARRIOR
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    ROADWARRIOR - May 04, 2011 6:37 am
    They must have bought the INDUSTRIAL SIZE can of "WHITEOUT"!!!

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