High School General Fund Levy

Last Updated: 4/27/2022 7:15 PM

 

Thank you for your interest in our High School General Fund Mill Levy

 

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Our team welcomes the opportunity to answer questions. Please visit our FAQ page, call 406-751-3434, or email Superintendent Hill or our KPS School Board Trustees.

 

Voting Information

Please exercise your right to vote by returning your ballot to the SD5 District Office via mail or in person by 8pm on May 3. If sending by mail, we encourage the community to mail their ballots by April 26th to ensure a timely arrival. 

Issues with your ballot? We want to help. Contact Denise Williams at denise.williams@sd5.k12.mt.us or call 406-751-3412.

Additionally, we want to alert our community that the deadline for late voter registration is noon on the day before the election, in alignment with the deadline for absentee voter registration. 

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What The Levy Funds

High School General Fund Levy

The high school general fund levy will help the district fund a variety of costs related to the day-to-day operation of high schools and education of high school students. This represents a broad range of areas such as salaries, curriculum, teaching materials, utilities, supplies, technology and activities. These levy funds will allow the district to sustain the current level of staffing and programs at the high school level. To be clear, 88% of our general fund is made up of salaries and benefits. To make any sizable reductions, it would have to be in the area of personnel.

Since 2007, the last time an operational levy was passed, the high school district has grown by 490 students. Enrollment and demographic trends indicate that we will continue to see significant increases.

We highly value and care about our staff and it is our responsibility to retain quality teachers, ensure class sizes stay reasonable and provide competitive and fair compensation and benefits that keeps pace with the current market and cost of living. We also want to ensure our educators have the supplies and resources they need to ensure student learning continues to improve.

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Our Dedication to the Community

Kalispell Public Schools is one of the largest employers in the Flathead Valley and employs over 750 staff in the areas of transportation, food services, custodial, maintenance, grounds, technology, professional support, paraprofessional support, and teachers who serve over 6000 students. 

Each year, our school district has to find innovative ways to balance the budget. With every year that those costs increase and funding does not, we are put in a position where we have to make cuts. Over the last several years, we have had to reduce teaching positions, nurses, hall monitors, tutor and paraprofessional support, course offerings, activity budgets, supply budgets, and curriculum budgets in our high schools. We have made every attempt for these reductions to have the least amount of impact on our students. Eliminating teachers and support staff has a direct impact on our students, resulting in increased class sizes, fewer course offerings, and fewer student support services and interventions.

 

Measurable Results

It is not a coincidence that Kalispell Public School students achieve high graduation rates, national success in programs like Speech and Debate, French, DECA, We the People, etc., and numerous other Awards and Achievement

We graduate over 700 students every year who enter into our workforce, enlist in the military to protect our country, or pursue four year/two year colleges and technical programs. These students are prepared to serve as leaders and strengthen our community through the quality education they receive through Kalispell Public Schools.

Kalispell district is developing a transformational learning vision that will change how we do public education. We want to prepare students for careers through practical experiences, which benefits the student, community, and local economy, especially in tight labor markets.

With high quality staff and strong community support, our public schools remain a mainstay of the Flathead Valley. Support of the levy will allow us to maintain 21st Century strategic investments that will ultimately have a direct impact on our community for the foreseeable future.

 

Levy Rates

The proposed high school general fund levy rate would increase taxes on a $300,000 tax-assessed home by $3.15 per month and a $400,000 home by $4.20 per month. By law, state ballots list the tax costs for $100,000 and $200,000 tax-assessed homes. Those figures, which must appear on the ballot, are $1.05 and $2.10, respectively. These costs will be offset by reductions in non-voted (permissive) levies for the district, making the ballot levy potentially tax neutral.

What is the difference between the taxable value and the market value of my home?

The market value is what your house would sell for in the current market. The assessed property value is what the county tax assessor reports that the house is worth for purposes of calculating your property tax bill. Taxable value is the figure you actually pay tax on. Your taxable value can be found on the Flathead County Website http://landpublic.flathead.mt.gov/lipublic/

How much will the levy affect my taxes?

School Levy

Amount of Levy

Annual cost of the voted levy on a home with a taxable value of $300k

Elementary

$0 $0

High School

$1,500,000

$37.80

 

Financial Facts

 

Levy

Total cost per year a taxpayer would see on a home with a taxable value of $100k

Total cost per year a taxpayer would see on a home with a taxable value of $200k

Total cost per year a taxpayer would see on a home with a taxable value of $300k

Total cost per year a taxpayer would see on a home with a taxable value of $400k

High School 

$12.60 per year

$25.20 per year

$37.80 per year

$50.40 per year

 

This information is being disseminated pursuant to the motion passed by the Board of Trustees at a duly constituted meeting held on the 29th day of March, 2022. The motion unanimously passed by the Board pursuant to Section 2-2-121(3)(b)(ii), MCA, provides as follows: “In light of the Board’s previous motion to run a levy election, we expressly authorize Superintendent Hill and Trustees to disseminate information in support of the levy, including but not limited to, dissemination of a summary of the minutes setting forth the Board’s rationale and reasons for supporting the levy and approving the levy election.”