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Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2012 6:00 am

The Board of Trustees of Kalispell Public Schools will provide the opportunity for members of our community to vote on two levies on May 8.  

The levies are for two very different purposes, but both are intended to improve the quality of our education system.

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          Welcome to the discussion.


          • halcyon posted at 9:47 am on Mon, May 7, 2012.

            halcyon Posts: 46


            You seem to have a very basic misunderstanding with regards to the levy system and the nature of this vote. The levy is a flexible addition to our property taxes that expires on a given "sundown" date. The expiration is built in. The monies from the levy are specific to the uses described in it and are dedicated to those needs. In Montana, we have this system to build flexibility into our property taxes. The levy is there when we need it (and the district has done a good job articulating those needs; just go to their web site) and they expire when we don't need them.

            Kalispell has not passed a levy since 2007 and the buildings are in need of some care (especially FHS) and technology upgrades. It's time to renew the lapsed levy. It is a community responsibility that we have taken a few years off of and we need to get back to it. It's time.

          • sunrise777 posted at 9:27 am on Mon, May 7, 2012.

            sunrise777 Posts: 16

            I agree that paying taxes are not a fun part of my year, but I would like to point out that Montana was recently cited in the local Real Estate Resource Guide 2012 as ranking 8th as the best of tax-friendly states. It also ranked third best in sales tax for business, and had the 8th overall best business climate. Also, I would like to confirm that the district phone tree was ALL volunteer without one dime of taxpayer money being used for staff or phones. I volunteered to help this past Friday, and even payed for the snacks myself. Please ask before you assume that the district is paying for cell phones. It just isn't the truth.

          • mooseberryinn posted at 7:11 am on Mon, May 7, 2012.

            mooseberryinn Posts: 2697

            Yes, the tax increases are "modest". It's just aggravating that they are always increasing. Every year, more and more and more, forever.

          • bocephus posted at 8:33 am on Sat, May 5, 2012.

            bocephus Posts: 25


            The phone calls you mention were made by volunteers using personal phones on their own time, not on school time or using school resources. Please don't base your decision on false assumptions or misinformation.

            The school board and district administration are not unaware of the economic situation in the valley. But they also know that the community is not well served if the existing investment in public school infrastructure is not maintained (deferred maintenance usually leads to greater costs just a few years later), or if the students that are our future leaders, small business owners, skilled workers, and job-creators are handicapped by failing computers and other technology limitations. Kids that lack 21st century skills will simply add to the unemployment rate rather than help reduce it.

            Yes, the levies are a very modest "tax," but they are also an investment in the future growth and prosperity of this valley.

          • ctucker posted at 6:47 pm on Fri, May 4, 2012.

            ctucker Posts: 18

            I am unhappy with this whole levy thing. First off I know the kids and the schools need some money to have a descent learning place that is in buildings so out of date. It really urks me to have just recieved a phone call on behalf of the school district reminding me to go vote for this levy. They have the time and money and gumption to spend time and money calling to solicit in a way a yes vote to get it passed. Couldnt those resources be better used for the kids than trying to get a failing levy passed for the third try? My taxes have and will keep going up in due to the city of kalispell and the sewer plant, airport, and other failing ideas that keep getting passed down to us tax payers. Our paychecks have been on a steady decline or barely held the same for 4 years not to mention the hundreds unemployed barely holding on to what they owe already. But they keep asking and asking and asking for more! With all of the foreclosures already in Kalispell and the burden being passed somewhat over to the ones holding on to their homes you would think that this is just not the proper time to ask wouldnt you? Not to mention all of the phone calls come from a cell phone based 871 number which leads me to assume that they are being made on a school paid cell phone for work which is tax payer funded also. time to get real here people and learn to make cuts and deep ones as many people in the valey were forced to do from this recession. Someone needs to really question into this matter and investigate for public aareness on the news!

          • jeancalvinus posted at 11:36 pm on Wed, May 2, 2012.

            jeancalvinus Posts: 327

            thanks Frank. I stand corrected.

          • posted at 5:09 pm on Wed, May 2, 2012.


            The Sunday story on Flathead High School and other repairs can still be found, along with all other election related stories, at http://www.dailyinterlake.com/news/local_elections/

            No one got the story removed. You just didn't look in t e right place. We occasionally remove comments because they are offensive, but don't remove the story. We would appreciate it if everyone would follow the rules posted above the log in area when you sign up to comment.

          • jeancalvinus posted at 4:58 pm on Tue, May 1, 2012.

            jeancalvinus Posts: 327

            Darlene, you have enough money as it is, fix it on your dime, not ours.

            And be sure and continue to get stories taken off the website which contain comments against the levy. I heard your complaints last year at 2 school board meetings about the Interlake comment section. Seems they have listened. The sunday story can't even be found anymore.