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Posted: Thursday, December 30, 2010 2:00 am

2010 proved a tough year for school finances, but there were bright spots in classrooms throughout the year.

Money troubles plagued many districts in Flathead County. Budget deficits and building needs forced districts to turn to cash-strapped taxpayers for help, and more often than not, voters said no to financial requests.

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          Welcome to the discussion.

          3 comments:

          • Roark posted at 11:11 am on Thu, Dec 30, 2010.

            Roark Posts: 246

            Government controlled education - by its very nature as - will never have enough taxpayer money. Until education becomes more and more privatized taxpayers will be bilked and educational freedom of choice and excellence will be squandered.

             
          • averagejoe posted at 9:16 am on Thu, Dec 30, 2010.

            averagejoe Posts: 253

            Schools will have budget woes until they are properly funded by the state. If all the money schools were supposed to recieve was actually appropriated these budget woes would disappear. The large districts in Montana have been subsidizing the small eastern districts for decades. Now that there is a large pool of oil and gas revenue money, the eastside republicans supported by the Flathead repulicans will not allow that money to be apportioned statewide. The eastern districts sure loved getting their share of our forest money in the 1980's and 90's. Why won't our local republicans fight for money to fund our local schools, they are supposed to represent the people of the Flathead not the eastside republicans. At least the Governor is watching out for us on this.

             
          • mooseberryinn posted at 6:02 am on Thu, Dec 30, 2010.

            mooseberryinn Posts: 2693

            For the past 20 years or so, it seems like no matter what the enrollment is, more money is needed every year. For example; If there are more students, then we hear the call for increasing taxes (levy) to pay for that. If there are less students, then apparently there is less federal money so we hear the call for increasing taxes to make up for that. Is there any way that circumstances ever permit a year to go by without "budget woes"? Has there ever been a time when "budget woes" weren't in the news?

             

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