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 www.helenair.com
Reporter Alana Listoe: 447-4081 or firstname.lastname@example.org