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Supplemental Levies Become Crucial

Six years ago, in an attempt to provide tax relief for homeowners, the Idaho Legislature shifted public education spending off of property taxes and largely onto the sales tax. Now that decision is starting to reverse itself, without any change of heart in the Statehouse. Hastened by the recently poor economy, supplemental levies funded by property taxes are now a standard part of the budget for most of Idaho’s school districts. “It’s become a part of our regular operating expenses,” Wendell Superintendent Greg Lowe said last month of his district’s two-year, $155,000 annual supplemental levy that it hopes to renew. That leaves those districts whose residents have turned down recent levy issues falling even more behind their peers in Idaho’s supposedly free, uniform education system/Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Question: Has the Idaho Legislature set the state up for a lawsuit by reducing education funding so much that a divide has been created between more prosperous school districts and have nots?

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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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