In the Bitterroot Valley, voters approved significant mill levies in three school districts Tuesday.

Victor School District constituents approved a $125,000 building reserve levy by a 220-117 margin, to replace a current levy of the same amount that expires this year. The proposed levy will provide $25,000 for each of the next five years.

Voters in Corvallis approved a $190,000 mill levy. The Corvallis School District faces an anticipated shortfall of $412,000 in its general fund budget for next year.

And in Florence, voters approved a $130,000 maintenance levy, 863 for and 755 against. Mel Finlay was elected to the Florence school board, topping Leo Hansen 958-480.

Florence voters also gave their rural fire district a shot in the arm, approving a mill levy by a vote of 875-646. It was the second go-round for the fire district’s request.

In the Hamilton School District, school board chairman David Bedey was re-elected to another three-year term, along with Corrine Gantt and Nancy Roberts.

“I’m looking forward to trying to make some things happen,” Bedey said. “We have a big transition going on with a new superintendent coming onboard, and that's the first order of business. We need to let him get the lay of the land and report back to the board, and then we'll build on that.”

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Congratulations Florence.... you elected this guy (cut and past link: to oversee this guy (cut and paste link: who literally directs the Chairperson of the Board. Nice job.

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