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The Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce urges voters to support the upcoming Twin Falls School District plant facilities levy. As a business organization, the chamber advocates activities, events and projects to enhance our community’s economic vitality and quality of life. The proposed continued investment in our school facilities is critical to the continued prosperity of the Twin Falls area.

The Twin Falls School District’s plant facilities levy has been in existence for the past 60 years. This proposed levy will slightly decrease the current tax rate for property owners. The district has shown wisdom in how it has used funds in the past, allowing effective use of facilities for a long period of time. The renewal of the levy will further the life of existing facilities.

Quality schools are a key factor for businesses who are considering expansion or relocation in the Twin Falls area. According to research from the Economic Policy Institute — a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that seeks to broaden the public debate about strategies to achieve a prosperous and fair economy — a forward-thinking approach to investing in education will help to equip today’s and tomorrow’s citizens with the skills and attitudes they need for economic and civic success.

Investment in this “human capital” provides future returns to the economy through labor productivity. A solid education increases worker earnings and helps to reduce social problems which can also weigh heavily on the economy.

This research confirms the value of investing in educational programs, technologies and infrastructure from pre-school through primary and secondary education. Planning for the future growth and needs of our education system to serve our children is important. The proposed levy renewal will allow the district to fund roof replacements, furnishing and technology upgrades, improved heating system efficiency and safety enhancements.

The Chamber encourages voters to learn more about the levy at the school district website at www.tfsd.org. We urge voters in the Twin Falls School District to head to the polls on March 13 to vote “yes” on the levy renewal. Through the levy, we all have an opportunity to invest in our children, in our community and in the future well-being of our area.

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Shawn Barigar is the president and CEO of the Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.

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