Boundary County voters narrowly rejected a supplemental levy for public schools late Tuesday.
The measure failed, 947 no votes to 908 yes votes.
A simple majority was needed to pass.
Because of the failed levy, there could be cutbacks during the upcoming school year, according to Superintendent John Schwartz.
On May 21, a vote on the same levy fell 23 votes short of passage.
The school board now has three options: go to the voters a third time, cut back school operations, or use the schools’ share of federal timber harvest profits to fund operations. For the last two years, the federal money has been spent on building repairs.
Supplemental levies are needed every year to cover expenses not paid by other state and local taxes, according to district officials. Voters decided not to levy $40.30 in additional property taxes for a $50,000 home.