Voters will decide on a variety of important issues tonight. We will update results as they come in. For a look at the major issues on the ballot in Helena and Great Falls, see below.
11:40 p.m. update*
EAST HELENA HIGH SCHOOL
In East Helena, voters will decide whether or not to build a new high school. East Helena is one of three elementary school districts in Montana that have the option to build high schools of their own if voters approve a $29.5 million bond. The Montana Legislature passed a law last year allowing elementary school districts with more than 1,000 students to expand into K-12 districts. If the levy is approved, it would raise taxes by $34.21 per month on a home valued at $200,000. Currently, residents in East Helena pay taxes to the Helena School District to support high school students.
HELENA GENERAL FUND LEVIES
Helena Public Schools is proposing two additional levies. One would apply only to the Helena elementary school district and would raise taxes $6.37 a year on a home valued at $200,000. The other would be applied to the entire high school district – including Helena, East Helena, Wolf Creek and Canyon Creek – and would increase taxes on a $200,000 home by $2.27 a year. The elementary levy would raise an additional $239,983 a year, while the high school levy would raise $107,171. Superintendent Jack Copps said the money collected would increase salaries about 1.5 percent for more than 800 employees.
Helena Elementary School General Fund Levy ($239,983 per year)
Helena High School General Fund Levy ($107.171 per year)
Voters in the Broadwater hospital district will decide whether to renew the property tax levy. This year, the district board is asking for a larger levy, to pay for additional maintenance needs at the health center.
GREAT FALLS SCHOOL BOARD TRUSTEES
The school district is appointing two new trustees, one for a three-year term and another for a 2-year term. The candidates for the three-year term are Teresa Schreiner, Judy Tankink, and Laura Wight. Candidates seeking a two-year term are Barbara Going, Jacob Griffith and Kim Skornogoski.
Three Year Term Trustee (Vote for 1)
Teresa Schreiner: 5,920…38.95%
Judy Tankink: 5,216…34.32%
Laura Wight: 3,843…25.28%
Two Year Term Trustee (Vote for 1)
Barbara Going: 5,454…35.5%
Jacob Griffith: 3,206…20.86%
Kim Skornogoski: 6,507…42.35%
GREAT FALLS PARK DISTRICT 1 PROPOSAL
The purpose of the district is to provide certain maintenance, purchasing, and improvement services for city-owned facilities, land, and equipment. Some of the proposed services include restroom improvements for Gibson, Oddfellows, and Lions parks, picnic pavilions and tables, play equipment and resurfacing sports courts.
GREAT FALLS PUBLIC SCHOOLS OPERATIONAL LEVY
This would keep programs, such as the Environmental Education Program, going and prevent jobs from being cut costing taxpayers close to $1.4 million.
*All results unofficial until canvassed