BOISE -- The state's budget crisis is causing a few school districts to turn to taxpayers to help keep the lights on and teachers in the classroom.

Next month, some districts are holding levy votes that could bridge the budget gap.

Facing a loss of millions of dollars, they are now asking taxpayers to reach even deeper into their pockets.

For example, Twin Falls Schools District knew it was just a matter of time when federal stimulus dollars would run out and state coffers would be tight.

In less than two weeks, voters will be asked to approve a two year levy of $7.5 million dollars.

That means for a home valued at $150,000 it would be about an additional $100 a year on that property bill.

A Twin Falls School District Board member says they are out of options.

Successfully graduating these kids in a well-rounded education is a key to vibrancy in Twin Falls, really. To have a workforce that's well enough educated to be helpful and useful. You just can't stress the importance of education enough, said Twin Falls Board Trustee Lori Ward.

If the Twin Falls levy passes on March 8th, taxpayers would see the increase on their December bill.

Due to the state budget situation, the Garden Valley School District is also turning to taxpayers to help bridge the gap.

On March 8th, voters will be asked to approve a two-year levy of $450,000.

The superintendent says in addition, they will also consider across the board salary cuts, reducing several school days and eliminating a couple positions.

These are just some examples of the supplemental levies we know of.

Check with your district to find out if your child's school is considering one.

Read or Share this story: