Salmon voters approve increased school levy

Salmon School District 291 voters Tuesday approved an increased two-year supplemental levy of $388,000 per year.

The levy, which passed 1,419 to 614, will continue to fund athletics, technology and other programs, including music, drama and agriculture. The levy required a simple majority to pass. It is expected to increase taxes by an additional $7.34 a year per $100,000 of a home’s taxable value.

Not enough results were available late Tuesday to determine whether a two-year supplemental levy election in Shelley School District 60 passed. The $575,000 a year levy was leading in Bingham and Bonneville counties, 372 to 343, as the Post Register went to press. The district sought the levy to maintain the quality of programs and avoid further cuts.

The levy required a simple majority to pass. If approved, it would raise property taxes by about $1.95 per month — $23.50 annually — for a home valued at $120,000.

West Jefferson School District 253 voters renewed a 10-year, $2.9 million plant facilities levy. With 4 of 4 precincts reporting, the levy was ahead, 416 to 113 or 77 percent support. The levy, which Superintendent Dwight Richins said would not increase taxes, required a 60 percent majority to pass.

Money generated through the levy is slated for general district maintenance, including building repairs, purchasing buses, improving technology and maintaining the grounds.

A plant facilities levy in Swan Valley School District 92 was too close to call late Tuesday. With a significant number of precincts reporting, the 5-year, $200,000 levy was leading, 36-31.

School officials said the money would be used for purchasing a school bus, fixing the district’s bus garage floor, sanding, varnishing and re-painting lines on the gym floor and installing sound-proofing material in the gym. The levy, if approved, would result in a nearly $5 per year tax increase per $100,000 of a home’s taxable value.