The Triton school district has scheduled three informational sessions on the upcoming levy referendum.
The first session is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, at Claremont City Hall. A session is scheduled at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29, at the West Concord City Hall.
In Dodge Center, a meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the Performing Arts Center at Triton High School. This meeting will also be streamed live on Facebook, allowing residents to submit questions online.
District residents will be voting on a three-part operational levy referendum at the general election on Nov. 6.
The first ballot question asks voters to support $500 per student for general operation of the district. The second question asks voters to approve $150 per student to generate revenue for curriculum, instruction and new technology. The third and final question is for $100 per student to support fine arts in the schools.
Voters must understand the questions have to be approved in order.
For questions two and three to be approved question one must be approved. If question one fails, all three questions fail. Question three cannot be approved unless questions one and two pass.
Since the referendum is for an operating levy as opposed to capital funds, agricultural property, both homestead and non-homestead, will be subject to taxes based on the value of the house, garage and surrounding one acre of land only. There will be no referendum taxes paid on the value of other agricultural land and buildings. Also, seasonal residential recreation property such as cabins will not be taxed.
The first question is to generate revenue to help with the increasing costs of operating the schools such as transportation, buses, staff, building maintenance and class size. Monies raised from question two would be used for curriculum, instruction and technology and fund the reading, math and science curriculum.
Question three would raise funds for vocal and instrumental music programs as well as theater programs.
The district says approval of all three questions will raise taxes on a $105,000 home approximately $217 a year. Broken down, the tax increases for that average valued home would be $120 per year for question one, $58 a year for question two and $39 a year for question three.
There will be more detailed information on the details of the referendum and how Triton compares to other area school districts in upcoming editions of the Star Herald.