The Great Falls Public School District would like you to believe that the impact of the proposed $1.75M operational levy would result in a very small increase to your property taxes, $16.27 on a home valued at $100,000 and $32.54 on a home valued at $200,000.
The fact is that the impact of the levy will be much more. Why?
First, homeowners are not the only ones supporting the school district, business owners pay property tax to the school district too. Privately owned utilities pay property taxes to the school district as one of our astute E-City Beat readers found out.
Not all privately owned utilities are as transparent as Energy West-Montana, which recently indicated that the cost of providing natural gas to homeowners and businesses increased due to added property tax costs, i.e. the recent $98M school bond. Every time property taxes increase, so will your heating costs.
Added property taxes increase the costs for all goods and services. That’s how it works, and that’s everything you buy and consume.
Think about that when you vote, and remember that this levy will benefit school district staff and administrator raises, not “the kids”.