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Hope/Clark Fork asks for establishment of a sub-tax district

Unsuccessful in their bid to create a separate school district for the schools on the east end of Bonner County, the Hope/Clark Fork Coalition for Quality Education petitioned the Lake Pend Oreille School District this week to create a sub-tax district. Under Idaho Code, Idaho school districts may subdivide for taxing purposes, giving a sub-tax district the ability to run its own levies for plant facility purposes, bonds and supplemental levies.

Although a sub-tax district only effects those levies determined by a vote of resident, and not the mill levy imposed on property taxes by the district, the Coalition stated its belief that a sub-tax district was a first step in improving educational services for students at Hope Elementary and Clark Fork Jr/Sr High Schools. Sixty signatures were submitted on a petition to the local board. Upon submission of 50 signatures of qualified voters in the area, the school district is obligated to hold an election to allow residents to determine whether they wish to create a sub-tax district.

The Coaliton, in a handout first presented to the state Board of Education, has stated educational problems in their two schools range from unmet financial needs to lack of teachers and programs.

Board Chairman Vicki Pfeifer stated the local school board would look into its requirements under Idaho Code for responding to the petition.

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Landon Otis

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