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Press: Split CdA Levy Vote

The Coeur d'Alene School District has responded admirably to tremendous budget challenges. The district has confronted reduced revenue by cutting almost $9 million from general fund expenditures over the past two years. Gone are more than 25 full-time certified positions. Another $1.2 million was slashed from employee compensation and benefits. More than $1 million was cut from maintenance and custodial services. The cuts have left gaps in 23 budgeting categories. They're not just visible; they can be felt -- and not just by district employees and administrators, either. The impact of deep cuts ripples through the community. We empathize with district leadership in trying to figure out how to deal with even greater cuts at the state and federal levels today. However, we cannot support the district's two-pronged request that would generate almost $26 million in additional property taxes over the next two years/Mike Patrick, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Are you going to support the Coeur d'Alene School District levy Tuesday?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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