School Election Information May 2019

School Election Information - May 2019
Posted on 04/05/2019
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April 22, 2019 - Ballots mailed out by County Election Office
May 7, 2019 - Election Day, Ballots due by 8pm to County Election Office.

Trustee Election
There are two (2) Elementary Trustee seats open, and both seats are for three-year terms.  Three candidates—incumbents Andrew J. Willett and Tanya I. Reinhardt and challenger Gary McGowen—have filed for the open seats.

Annual General Fund Operating Levies
Montana law requires voter approval for any increase to the amount over-base taxes levied.  The Elementary Trustees are requesting a General Fund operating levy increase that allow the greatest purchasing power (budget authority) for programs and personnel.

This year, the Elementary Trustees are requesting a $115,000 General Fund operating levy increase to maximize the purchasing power (budget authority) for programs and personnel.  If approved, this request would permanently raise property taxes for a home with an assessed market value of $100,000 by approximately $1.00 per year.  (Assessed market value is generally less than the market price of a home in the Bozeman area.)  

The High School District has a unique opportunity to forego the annual General Fund levy request this year, especially given that critical funding requests are anticipated in coming years.

Elementary Building Reserve
The Building Reserve fund is used to maintain the district's buildings and grounds.  This fund has been used to maintain and make improvements at the District's eight Elementary Schools, two Middle Schools and two central support buildings.

A $1.5 million per year Building Reserve levy has been in place for the last 6 years and will expire at the end of this school year.   The District used these funds on projects such as roof repairs and maintenance, adding an elevator at Irving, playground repairs and some classroom renovations.  

A $2 million annual levy is being requested to REPLACE the $1.5 million annual levy that expires this year.  Since the last levy was requested 6 years ago, the District has added more schools / classrooms.  In addition, today repairs are more expensive due to inflation.

The tax impact for $2 million / year for 6 years would be approximately $17.28 annually per $100,000 of assessed value.  HOWEVER, the expiration of the existing ($1.5 million) levy will reduce the overall tax impact by $12.96 annually per $100,000 of assessed value.  The NET taxpayer impact would be approximately $4.32 annually per $100,000 of assessed home value.

OVERALL - The net taxpayer impact if both requests are approved would be approximately $5.32 per year per $100,000 of assessed home value. .  This total increase assumes no increase in the District’s tax base.  If the tax base does increase as expected, the overall tax impact will be less than this amount.

Endorsements
     Bozeman Chronicle

Below are some photos of projects that were funded in the past 6 years with the current Elementary Building Reserve fund.

Before After
 Morning Star  Playground Canopy  
$170K (Partial PAC funded.)
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 Irving  Elevator; $850K
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 Longfellow   Entry Plaza / Front Lawn; $205K
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CJMS  Entry Canopy; $42K
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 Hawthorne Playground; $108K
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 Willson Building Windows & Siding; $1.01M
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Other Projects:
Playground improvements

Gym Floors
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