Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Most Idaho School Tax Levies Pass; Middleton, St. Maries Fail

Posted By on Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 9:20 AM

This morning's news on Tuesday's school levy elections brought a mixed bag of results to Idaho schools: Some are breathing a sigh of relief while others retreat to their calculators.

In the Treasure Valley, voters in the Nampa School District overwhelmingly approved a $4.3 million levy to help stopgap that district's budget woes, which were revealed in 2012 when school board trustees discovered significant accounting errors. An unofficial tally indicated that 73.5 percent of voters said "yes" to the levy.

The Payette School District also reports that its two-year $695,000 per-year supplement levy passed.

But not enough voters in the Middleton School District approved of that district's levy. Even though 1,065 voters said "yes" versus 570 voters saying "no," the levy failed to garner a two-thirds majority, thus defeating the effort.

Voters in Horseshoe Bend approved a two-year supplemental levy of $300,000 per year.

In Valley County, Cascade School District voters approved a $500,000 per year, two-year levy.

In New Meadows, Meadows Valley School District voters approved a $145,000 per year, two-year levy.

Elsewhere in Idaho, voters approved levies in the following school districts: Bonner County, Camas County, Coeur d'Alene, Genesee, Gooding, Hansen, Harrison, Highland, Jerome, Kendrick, Kootenai, Post Falls, Potlatch and Twin Falls

In addition to the loss in Middleton, voters in the north Idaho St. Maries Joint School District failed to pass a a two-year $84 million supplemental levy. St. Marie's levy two years ago passed by a narrow margin.

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