MISSOULA – Residents have approved two Missoula County Public School levies, according to unofficial results from Missoula County.
The elementary district levy request for $305,008 passed with 4,959 (57.7%) voting for the levy and 3,635 (42.3%) voting against it. It will cost $7.07 a year on a $200,000 in assessed property value.
The high school levy request, the amount of $169,994, also passed with 7,736 (53.97%) voting for the levy and 6,598 (46.03%) voting against it. That levy will cost $2.25 a year on $200,000 in assessed property value.
The levies were requested to help fund instruction and operation of the schools.
MCPS Superintendent Mark Thane says the district has seen steady increases in student enrollment and in the cost of goods and services.
MCPS has over 600 more students, a 12% increase in the elementary and middle schools than they did nine years ago.
Meanwhile, the enrollment in the high schools has grown by more than 100 students in the past three years.
Thane says these levies help the district support additional students and keep up with inflation.
Residents who reside within the boundaries of MCPS elementary district pay for both the elementary and high school district costs.
Both levies will cost a homeowner residing within both districts about $5.38 per year more on $200,000 in assessed property value.