BURLEY — The Cassia County School District will ask voters to approve a renewal on a supplemental levy on March 14 that is more than double the current amount.
The two-year levy is currently $744,244 a year and if approved will raise to $1.595 million per year, an increase of $821,000.
Approval will require a simple majority of votes.
The increase costs for a residential property owner with property valued at $100,000 is $4.50 per month.
For a tax impact worksheet call the district office at 208-878-6600.
The main use of the money will be for safety and curriculum.
The district said in a statement that the increase represents an investment in school safety by hiring an additional school nurse and funding a school resource officer, adding cameras to some buses and to ensure playgrounds meet safety codes along with replacing outdated furniture with updated ergonomic models. The district will update math and English curriculum and augment library book supplies.
“Every parent has seen the textbooks come home with tape on the back and it’s held together with a rubber band,” Heber Loughmiller, board member, said during the board meeting on Thursday.
“We all see it in our own home budgets,” Board Chairman Ryan Cranney said. “There will never be enough money, so we need to be prudent and spend it wisely.”
The district has the second lowest levy rates in the region.
“I think we are being cautious,” Jeff Rasmussen, board member said. “We have been so low on our levy amounts for so long that we are just trying to catch up with our student needs in the classroom.”