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Burden of funding school facilities increasingly falls to Montana taxpayers

February 17, 2016View for printing

School districts across the state are trying to update their aging buildings and find room for rising enrollments - and worrying that almost all of the money they need to do so comes from local property taxes.

Since the Montana Legislature declined to appropriate money to the Quality Schools Grant Program in its 2015 session, the state's sole source of assistance with school buildings comes in the form of a program that attempts to help poorer districts that have passed bonds for capital expenditure projects.


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