Facing a financial crunch, Blaine County schedules budget workshops

The Blaine County School District isn’t running at a deficit — at this point.

Blaine County School District logoBut the district has scheduled a dozen public meetings this month to discuss a five-year spending plan.

Here’s the rub: When the Legislature cut property taxing authority for most school districts, it allowed a handful of property-rich districts to collect “stabilization levies.” The Legislature capped Blaine County’s levy at $29.5 million a year, and it accounts for two-thirds of the district’s budget.

“In 2011, expenses began exceeding revenue and reserve funds are being used,” the district said in a recent news release. “While the district is not operating in deficit, it does need to develop a sustainable fiscal plan in order to avoid a deficit in the future.”

The meetings will be held from Oct. 19-23 at eight locations across the Blaine County district. For more details, and a full schedule, click on the Blaine County district’s website.

For more details on Blaine County’s budget, click on this link.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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