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School trustees, levies up for vote Tues.

2010-05-03T00:00:00Z School trustees, levies up for vote Tues.By ALANA LISTOE Independent Record Helena Independent Record
May 03, 2010 12:00 am  • 

Area educators are hoping voters approve levies to avoid potential cuts.

The Helena, Montana City and Townsend school districts are holding operational general fund mill levy elections on Tuesday and polls open at noon.

The HSD is hoping voters approve an $82,500 operational mill levy for the elementary district and a $222,000 for the high school district.

The levy would mean a tax increase for the elementary district on a home with a taxable market value of $100,000 by approximately $1.69 and $3.65 for the high school district. Tax bills in and around Helena would have an increase in both areas, but those who reside in East Helena would only pay the high school district increase.

Helena Schools Superintendent Bruce Messinger said the operational levy on the spring ballot, if approved, would maintain the allowed maximum funding and services at full capacity.

There are 33,505 voters in the high school district, 28,805 in the elementary and 7,000 mail ballots were mailed last month.

Three combined elementary/high school trustee positions are open with four individuals vying for the three-year seat. The candidates are: Elizabeth Goldes, Michael O’Neil, Barbara Rush and Trevor Wilkerson.

Robin LeNeve is unopposed for a three-year term in the Canyon Creek high school district.

In Montana City, Boulder, Clancy and Townsend officials have held a trustee election by acclamation since the same number of candidates seek seats on their boards. However, Montana City is holding a general fund levy for $33,660. The 2,049 taxpayers there would see an annual increase of $10.07 for a home with a taxable market value of $100,000.

Townsend is also holding an operational levy for $65,000. If approved by the 3,020 register voters property taxes would go up $10.75 annually on a home with a taxable valued at $100,000.

Polls open at noon and close at 8 p.m.

Look for results Tuesday night at

Reporter Alana Listoe: 447-4081 or

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(6) Comments

  1. Purple
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    Purple - May 04, 2010 8:12 am
    Gizmo1966 said: "Why yes! Let's all vote NO so they can cut education even more. We all know the USA is #1 in education and most of the students really don't need to worry about over-crowding or quality education. Aren't the schools just over-priced babysitters? Who needs education enrichment programs or things for our students to do. They are all good, upstanding citizens.Idiots."

    Flushing more good money down the toilet, known as public education in this city and state, is the wrong approach. Giving them more money IS NOT going to improve the education system in the slightest.

    The governor of New Jersey ASKED the teacher's union to accept a ONE YEAR pay freeze and for members to pay a paltry "1.5 percent" of their pay to contribute to their retirement program, a program which they currently contribute ZERO to. He was flat out turned down, so he had no choice but to put it to a vote of the public, who overwhelmingly voted against additional funding for education.

    Funding for our education system should be frozen until such time as the educators can prove that they are capable of providing our children a quality education without all the frills like was done prior to the 1970s when the quality of education in this country went into a sharp decline, a decline which continues to grow.
  2. farside
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    farside - May 03, 2010 8:56 pm
    Stop already! This price of a pizza year after year- after year is now a car payment. Everyone else is doing cutbacks, the meal ticket is over!
    Time to be held accountable and start showing that instead of looking for the easy handout, you are doing something to improve and reduce the costs effectively- starting with management
  3. RockDr
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    RockDr - May 03, 2010 2:19 pm
    Want to vote? Click on the block at the start of the article called "Poll Info." You have to know your precinct. That is on your voter registration card or look it up on the maps available at the county website.
  4. Gizmo1966
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    Gizmo1966 - May 03, 2010 11:12 am
    Why yes! Let's all vote NO so they can cut education even more. We all know the USA is #1 in education and most of the students really don't need to worry about over-crowding or quality education. Aren't the schools just over-priced babysitters? Who needs education enrichment programs or things for our students to do. They are all good, upstanding citizens.

  5. flyinryan
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    flyinryan - May 03, 2010 11:08 am
    I am registered and ready to exercise my civic duty. Where do I vote? Is it my usual state polling place?

    Thank you!
  6. Purple
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    Purple - May 03, 2010 12:20 am
    Stand up and be counted. Vote NO to tell the state's educators that our wallets are not bottomless money pits!

    The citizens in New Jersey did just that just over a week ago.

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