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Bozeman Schools Asking For Levies In May Election

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Voters in Bozeman will decide on an operations levy in both the Bozeman high school and elementary districts.

They are asking voters for a combined $596,000 to operate the schools next year.

They are asking voters for $451,300 the elementary district, which stretches a little farther than the city limits.

For the larger high school district, they are asking for $145,500.

That district includes Bozeman and goes out to Gallatin Gateway and Four Corners.

The funds would go into the general fund which mostly pays for employees' salaries and benefits.

Bozeman Public Schools Deputy Superintendent Steve Johnson said these levies are crucial for the school to keep what they currently have.

 "If these levies fail then we would have to the drawing board and try to figure out programs, services that would not be able to offer," said Johnson.

Johnson said this particular levy goes before the voters every year and they usually approve the tax hike.

If the levies are approved, owners of a $200,000 home could see their property taxes go up by about $8.42.

The Bozeman high school district is also asking voters for approval to buy land for a second high school.

They are looking at 37 acres next to Meadowlark Elementary School, Bozeman's newest elementary, for a possible new high school.

Johnson said this measure won't increase property takes.

"We're not asking for money to purchase that land," said Johnson. "We have that money from previous voter approvals."

Voters will also decide who will sit on the school board.

There are three people running for two open seats on the elementary board and one person for the open high school district board.

Marty Livingston is challenging incumbents Heide Arneson and Gary Lusin in the elementary district.

Cynthia Bradford Lenioni is running for the only high school only seat.

Dan Swanson, who currently holds that seat, decided not to run for reelection.

School ballots will be mailed out April 21.

They must be returned to the county elections office by May 6.

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