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:
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.
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.