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Ravalli County votes on Lone Rock School, Bitterroot College decided

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Posted at 10:18 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 00:53:31-04

Votes on the Lone Rock School District and Bitterroot College were cast and finalized on Tuesday in Ravalli County.

In the Lone Rock School District, voters approved an operations levy for the school. In the final tally, 609 people voted for the "tax neutral" levy while 433 cast votes against it.

This levy will support general fund operational costs, including deferred facilities maintenance, safety and security updates, updated curriculum materials, educational programming and enrichment, and technology updates and repairs.

The levy will cost about $58 per year on a $200,000 home.

Ravalli County voters also decided on Tuesday that they would like Bitterroot College to become an independent program from the University of Montana.

The ballots show 6,284 people supported Bitterroot College having no UM affiliation, while 1,450 were against the idea.

With its passage, the request to become an independent community college goes to the legislature for consideration.

However, while voters were in favor of Bitterroot College becoming an independent program, they did not pass the levy to fund it. The ballots showed 5,200 voters were for the levy, while 5,871 were against.

With that final tally, it appears that would send the proposal to the legislature with the funding question unresolved.