WTF is a Levy?
A levy on a ballot asks voters to agree to a property tax to collect a set dollar amount for a set amount of years.
Elementary and High School Building Reserve Levies
These levies provide funding for the operation and maintenance of school facilities. In the past these funds have helped pay for new lighting fixtures and for a new roof. This isn’t a new levy but needs to be re-approved by voters every 10 years. A homeowner with an assessed value of $300,000 would pay $80.64 in increased annual property taxes for both the elementary and high school levies.
- A yes vote means: Keeping the Building Reserve Levies and funding for operation and maintenance of schools in Helena.
- A no vote means: Voting against renewing the Building Reserve Levies and against funding for operation and maintenance of schools in Helena.
Elementary General Fund Levy
This new levy would help pay for the day-to-day operational costs of Helena’s elementary schools including salaries, textbooks, insurance, etc. A homeowner with an assessed value of $300,000 would pay $11.88 in increased annual property taxes.
- A yes vote means: voting for a new levy to help pay for operational costs of elementary schools.
- A no vote means: Voting against a new levy and not helping to pay for operational costs of elementary schools.