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A voter slips a ballot into a box at the Twin Falls County Courthouse, March, 2014.

ED GLAZAR, Times-News

TWIN FALLS — Three Magic Valley school districts will bring a ballot measure to voters during the Nov. 7 election. Here’s how the money will be used if passed:

Filer

The Filer School District is seeking renewal of a two-year, $500,000 annual supplemental levy. The amount will remain the same as past years.

With an increase in property valuation in Filer, property owners will likely see steady tax rates — or maybe even a lower rate.

If approved by voters, levy money will be used for operational expenses — specifically, to help maintain class sizes.

“That’s been a big push of the feedback we’ve gotten from the community,” Superintendent John Graham said.

Money would also be used to maintain programs for students, he said. Plus, as the school district’s enrollment has grown, it has added job positions such as another school counselor and agriculture teacher.

Normally, the school district goes to voters in the spring every two years seeking renewal of a supplemental levy — which would be spring 2018.

But a long-range facilities planning committee recommended the November election instead.

That’s because there’s a possibility the district will bring a bond to voters in the future for a building project to address space constraints as student numbers grow.

“We didn’t want to have two together, or create confusion about which one is which,” Graham said.

Shoshone

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After voters rejected a $6 million bond in August, the Shoshone School District plans to try again in November.

The measure requires a two-thirds supermajority to pass. It would pay for a new multipurpose building — including a stage and gymnasium — plus a new vocational building and a small building with a couple of alternative school classrooms. It would also pay for remodeling the existing school.

If approved, it will cost taxpayers $6.67 each month per $100,000 of taxable value.

Minidoka County

The Minidoka County School District is seeking a two-year, $2.25 million annual plant facilities levy. It’s a renewal, but the district is seeking an increase of $600,000 total.

How the money will be used: $800,000 for technology, $50,000 for bus leases and the rest will go toward building maintenance.

If approved, taxes would increase $10.38 per year on a $100,000 home. For a commercial business or farm, taxes would increase $20.76 per $100,000 in value.

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