RUPERT — The Minidoka County School District will ask voters to approve a two-year, $2.25 million-per-year plant facilities supplemental levy in November.

The total for the two years is $4.5 million, an increase of $600,000 from the 2016-2018 plant facilities levy, Superintendent Ken Cox said.

If voters approve, taxes on a $100,000 home would increase by $10.38 a year. For a commercial business or farm, costs will raise $20.76 per every $100,000 in value.

Cox said $800,000 of the money will be used for technology, $50,000 for bus leases and the rest will go toward maintenance in the district.

“We’ve had about $1.75 million in maintenance projects in the district and $1 million to work with each year, Cox said. “We have a long list of projects that we’re looking at.”

The money can be used only for technology infrastructure, software and devices, partial financing for bus leases and facility maintenance.

The funds cannot be used for general operations in the district, to cover salaries or for employee benefits.

The proposed projects in the district include purchasing more freshmen laptops, repair and maintenance of playgrounds, asphalt and painting throughout the district, remodeling the food service building and replacing the roof, updating interior and exterior doors and locks at various buildings, updating security and video systems at schools and heating and air conditioning projects throughout the district.

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The projects completed with the 2016-2018 plant facility levy money includes resurfacing the track at Minico High School, Heyburn Elementary School parking lot and classroom IP phones for Minico, Paul Elementary School and West Minico Middle School.

In Heyburn, the parking lot was not working for dropping off kindergarten students, so the district took out the grass, curbing and trees to make a new drop-off lane.

New flooring is being installed at Heyburn and Minico and a roof projects are scheduled for the Minico Choir room and East and West middle school science rooms.

The district has scheduled a series of town hall meetings for the public to discuss the 2018-2020 supplemental levy and discuss the Minico High School agriculture program expansion and future growth in the district.


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