MCPS asking voters to approve two levies

Posted at 8:30 AM, May 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-03 10:30:19-04

MISSOULA – Residents are being asked to approve two Missoula County Public School levies.

MCPS Trustees placed the high school district and elementary school district levy requests on the May 8th ballot, which is an all-mail election.

The elementary district levy request is $305,008. It will cost $7.07 a year on a $200,000 in assessed property value. 

The high school levy is the amount of $169, 994 will cost $2.25 a year on $200,000 in assessed property value.

The levies are being requested to help fund instruction and operation of the schools. 

MCPS Superintendent Mark Thane says the district has seen steady increases in student enrollment and in the cost of goods and services. 

MCPS has over 600 more students, a 12% increase in the elementary and middle schools than they did nine years ago. 

Meanwhile, the enrollment in the high schools has grown by more than 100 students in the past three years.

Thane says these levies help the district support additional students and keep up with inflation.

Residents who reside within the boundaries of MCPS elementary district pay for both the elementary and high school district costs.

If both levies pass, it will cost a homeowner residing within both districts about $5.38 per year more on $200,000 in assessed property value.

Ballots must be submitted either by 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 8th either at one of the drop-off locations or at the Elections Center at the Missoula Fairgrounds.

No postmarks will be accepted.

Ballots can be dropped off at Bonner School, Frenchtown Elementary School, Lolo School, Seeley Lake Elementary School, Rattlesnake Elementary School and Franklin School.

Click here for more information about the levy request.