Written by By Joe Paine, Superintendent Wolf Point School District
The Wolf Point School District will hold a special mill levy election on Monday, Aug. 12. The purpose of the special election will be to ask the local taxpayers to help support the Elementary General Fund in the amount of $100,000 and the High School General Fund in the amount of $50,000.
The money will help cover operating costs of the district as the district is faced with declining revenues and enrollment.
Additionally, fixed costs are increasing even as cost-saving measures continue to be implemented and continually researched. Impact Aid is also generating less revenue as enrollment declines and the federal government continues Sequestration cuts. State and federal funding is paid based on enrollment. As enrollment declines, fixed costs do not.
The district is also entering the third and final year of the Montana Striving Readers Grant that has been supplementing Wolf Point educational programs since 2011 in the amount of $900,000 per year.
For the elementary, the passage of this proposal will increase property taxes, after the residential exemption, on a home with a market value of $100,000 by approximately $36.52 per year or $3.04 per month and on a home with a market value of $200,000 by $73.04 per year or $6.09 per month.
For the high school, passage of this proposal will increase property taxes, after the residential exemption, on a home with a market value of $100,000 by approximately $9.68 per year or $.81 per month and on a home with a market value of $200,000 by $19.35 per year or $1.61 per month.
The durational limit of the levies are permanent once approved by the voters, assuming the district levies that amount at least once in the next five years.
Absentee ballots are available at the Wolf Point School District office, located at the Wolf Point High School, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The polls will be open between the hours of noon and 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12, at the Wolf Point High School multipurpose room.