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West Side to hold two levy elections in March | Preston Citizen

West Side to hold two levy elections in March

January 23, 2014
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL 

Assistant editor

DAYTON – West Side School District will hold supplemental levy and plant facility levy elections in less than seven weeks. They will be held on Tuesday, March 11.

The elections this year will be conducted by the Franklin County Clerk’s office. A new law, passed three years ago by the Idaho Legislature, places the county clerk’s office in charge of all elections in the county and includes all school district, city, fire and library districts, among others.

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Camille Larsen, county elections clerk, said the polling places for the elections will be at the Weston LDS Church, the West Side High School Library in Dayton and the Moyle Community Center in Clifton. Polls will be open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. that day, she said.

School officials are asking patron support of a $90,000 override levy.

The override has been asked of West Side residents every year since the district was organized in 1947.

Monies generated from that levy subsidize funding the district receives from the state. It goes towards maintenance and operation of the school district.

There will also be a plant facility levy that spans five years. It will raise $40,000 per year over its life. It raises the same amount of funds as a similar levy that will expire.

Superintendent Spencer Barzee emphasized the district is asking exactly the same amount of monies it has in the past and passage of both levies will not increase property taxes for West Side patrons.

“We (district officials) want to make it absolutely clear we are not asking for a tax increase this year. The levy amounts are the same as we asked patrons for last year.

It is important to note that someone with a home valued at $100,000 with the homeowner’s exemption, pays $65.14 per year for the combination of both levies, according to Barzee.

This story is sponsored by Willow Valley Urgent Care Clinic.

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