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School board asking for $9 million emergency tax levy

March 24, 2010
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BOZEMAN, MT — The Bozeman School Board is asking voters to pass a six-year, $9 million tax levy necessary for the maintenance of and upgrades to all Bozeman Public Schools, according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.
Building maintenance has been deferred in recent years because the district only had $180,000 per year dedicated for repairs the past 10 years, and now nothing is left for maintenance, the story stated.
Major necessary repairs to buildings in the district totaling $12 million include: $4 million to reroof Bozeman High School and Wilson Middle School; $7 million for new electric and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems; and $900,000 to expand the district''s central kitchen in the Support Services building, the story noted.
According to the story, even if the tax levy is passed, most taxpayers will see a slight decrease in their taxes, as other taxes are expiring.
If the tax levy fails to be passed, it will put building maintenance and repair funding requirements in direct competition with educational staffing, opening the door to potential staff reductions, the story added.
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