Sykes? restaurant in Kalispell was buzzing on Wednesday with talk of Tuesday?s election, in which Kalispell voters rejected a $4.1 million high school building reserve levy.
?I?m disappointed up to a point,? said Kalispell resident Raymond McMillan.
McMillan knows a thing or two about Kalispell?s history. After all, he?s lived in Kalispell since the nineteen thirties.
?I think they need to stay up with the times and keep expanding.?
But there were more people like the Ogles at the polls, than people like Raymond.
?If we continue to have increases in taxes, pretty soon you can?t afford to own your property, because the taxes just are eating us alive? said Lynn Ogle.
Lynn spent years as a Flathead Sheriff?s deputy. While he doesn?t live in Kalispell now, he says he would have voted down the levy if he had the chance.
?We lose too many kids through the cracks, and until we get ahold on that, having a brand new building will not help.?
His wife says the responsibility of updating schools shouldn?t just rest on the shoulders of property owners.
?If it were spread out amongst everyone then it would be affordable,? said Bonnie Ogle.
Superintendent Darlene Schottle says moods were mixed in the district on Wednesday. Some excited the elementary levy to tackle overcrowding passed. Others, worried?
?We have to have either a levy or a bond of some kind to keep our buildings in good maintenance and condition,? said Schottle.
Schottle?s encouraged the levy failed by only 144 votes, but it doesn?t take away the sting. She says Kalispell voters can expect to see another levy up for a vote some time in the future.