Missoula schools propose new levy as enrollment increases


MISSOULA, Mont. - Missoula County Public Schools want your vote. They are proposing a new operations levy.

There's rising enrollment, which means the district's base budget has to go up. They are asking for $181,000.

It will help support the general fund, like paying for teaching staff salaries, utility costs, and curriculum materials for 9 elementary schools and 3 middle schools.

It will cost $2.23 per year based on a $100,000 assessed property value and $4.45 per year based on a $200,000 assessed property value.

"Essentially what it would help is the district to continue doing the great work we're doing, and ensure that our programs aren't going to take a big dip," said Hatton Littman, the Director of Technology and Communications at Missoula County Public Schools.

If voters approve the levy, it will apply to the 2014-2015 fiscal school year.

The public will decide on the levy in the upcoming school election. Ballots will go out by the County Elections Office starting Monday, April 21. It is a mail-in election. Ballots are due by Tuesday, May 6. If voters do not want to mail them back in, there are also drop-off locations.

You can click here to find out more information and look at where those drop off locations are.