Voters reminded of issues and candidates on Tuesdays school ballots
By Tim Leeds
Schools across north central Montana will be hosting their elections at designated polling places Tuesday.
The only financial issue facing Havre Public Schools District voters is a high school general fund mill levy increase proposal. The proposal would increase local property taxes by $174,218, approximately 9.53 mills.
Havre High School District voters, including those from Cottonwood and Davey schools, will cast their ballots between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow in the Havre High School Gym.
Already elected to the Havre Elementary School Board by acclamation were Jim Heberly and Kathie Newell.
Davey Elementary School voters face a general fund mill levy increase proposal that would increase local property taxes by $1,011, approximately 3.94 mills.
Cottonwood Elementary School has a general fund mill levy proposed of approximately 4.24 mills, which would increase local property taxes by $10,917.59.
Cottonwood and Davey elementary voters will cast their elementary votes at their respective schools.
At the KG schools, there is an elementary school general fund mill levy, which would increase local property taxes by $114,532, approximately 26.58 mills.
At the Blue Sky schools, there is a K-12 general fund mill levy proposed which would increase local property tax $35,794, approximately 11 mills.
At the J-I schools, there is a K-12 special levy proposed for the school's general fund, which will increase property taxes by $274,651, approximately 89 mills.
At the Chester schools, Rob Laas and Patricia Markuson and incumbents Dave Wicks and Marvin Wilson are running for two trustee positions. There are mill levies proposed for general maintenance and operation that would increase local property taxes by $14,000, approximately 2.73 mills, for the elementary school and $27,776, approximately 5.01 mills, for the high school.
At the Chinook schools, Michael Bryson, Scott McIntosh and Matt Crampton are running for two trustee positions. A $25,000 elementary building reserve fund is proposed for five years, totaling $125,000. There is a high school general fund mill proposed to support the over-base budget, which would increase local property taxes by $24,739.13, approximately 3.442 mills.
At the Zurich school, there is a general fund mill levy increase proposed which would increase local property taxes by $6,064.16, approximately 4 mills.
At the Bear Paw Elementary School, incumbent Gordon Young is running unopposed for his trustee position. A general fund mill levy is proposed for $3,030.35, approximately 2.38 mills.
At the Big Sandy schools, there is a general mill levy for the elementary school proposed that would raise local property taxes by $11,494.10, approximately 2 mills, and a general mill levy for the high school proposed that would raise local property taxes by $12,666.95, approximately 2 mills.
At the Rocky Boy Schools, Joseph LaFromboise Jr., Roger St. Pierre, Paul F. Russette Jr., Alice J. Russette, Roger Decora and Warren Small are running for the one three-year trustee position in this year's election. Dorothy Small, Debbie St. Pierre, Russell T. Gopher, Michael Lame Bull, Claudette Oats and Pete Demontiney are running for the one-year trustee position.
Other local schools have no issues on the ballot. In some elections, candidates are running unopposed for positions or have been elected by acclamation.