The St. Maries Rotary is urging residents in the St. Maries School District to back the levy that will be voted on in March.

Members of the Rotary Club recently voted to place advertisements and show their support for the school levy. President-elect, Brad Terrell, said that the vote to support the levy was unanimous among the Rotary Club Members.

He said that a majority of the members showed support due to the levy’s impact on school activities and athletics.

“It’s important to the school district and the community,” Mr. Terrell said. “A lot of things that the community is centered around involves things the levy would support. Without the levy there would be no sports or extracurricular activities.”

He said that it is important to get the message out there as some residents who may not have children in school anymore may not find the levy significant.

“The concerns we have are that a good percentage of people in St. Maries are retired and no longer have children in the home,” Mr. Terrell said. “We just want people to know that the taxes are going to stay the same as they have for years.”

The levy vote will be on March 9 for a levy amount of $2,073,385 for the next two years. Superintendent, Alica Holthaus, said that residents would be renewing essentially what has been in place since 2015.

“This is not a new tax and we want to make sure people know that,” Ms. Holthaus said. “We are renewing what has been in place.”

She said that the levy will be essential to funding for all day Kindergarten, athletics and electives.

The St. Maries School District will host a Facebook Live session Wednesday, February 17 (today) at 5:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday, March 3, to share information about the levy as well as answer any questions the public may have.

For more information contact the St. Maries School District at 208-245-2579.

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