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School funding by local special levy paid for by property owners, when will it end? We were assessed in 2018 320.6 mills for Billings school taxes, which did not include state school taxes, percentages of county, federal and state income taxes, also for schools.

May 7, Billings schools are asking approval to require property owners to pay for another local levy of an additional, “permanent”, approximately 3.72 mills to provide the district with at least $971,467 per year forever.

We have been told it is for new books though the ballot doesn’t state that. Almost a million dollars a year for books is a lot of books.

How many more of the existing local school levies are “permanent?” We need laws requiring all existing levies be fully listed with full itemizations of each on all future levy ballots.

Only property owners should be allowed to vote on these local levies since we pay fully for them. Oh yeah, renters supposedly also pay with increased rent. Unfortunately I don’t have renters to pass the increases on to.

My property taxes have increased over 103% between 2000 and 2018 and little of that was the result of increased property valuation or improvements.

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An efficient, equitable and fair way to fund our schools is needed. As long as voters continue to pass these local school levies our legislators will not take action to change. Until a more efficient, equitable and fair way of funding our schools is enacted my vote is "no."

Edward Henderson

Billings

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