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Board mulls $1.2M high school levy

December 15, 2018

Taxpayers may see a 200,000 could expect an annual tax increase of 1 million. Flatau advised trustees that from an administrative standpoint, 300,00 to 200,000 per year...” Flatau said.

He said 1.5 million in district-wide cuts that went into effect over 2017 and 2018 to cover a budget shortfall. Budget cuts in the high school district alone amounted to 1 million elementary general-fund levy was put on the ballot and passed.

More cuts may be necessary if a high school levy doesn’t pass.

A high school district levy issue hasn’t passed since 2007. Voters have rejected high school levy requests in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014.

Since 2007, Flathead and Glacier high schools have gained 333 students. Total enrollment is 2,883 students.

In addition to enrollment, curriculum and technology needs increasing, so has inflation, which Flatau said “has taken a cut out of our spending power.”

The high school district encompasses taxpayers living in Kalispell and in partner K-8 school districts whose students go on to attend Flathead and Glacier.

Reporter Hilary Matheson may be reached at 758-4431 or hmatheson@dailyinterlake.com.

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