In addition to electing representatives to school boards, highway districts and sewer districts throughout Idaho, voters went to the polls May 21 to decide on some important local decisions.
Voters in the City of Eagle overwhelmingly approved a 15-year, $1.2 million dollar bond to purchase their City Hall. In October, Eagle's annual lease payment on City Hall is scheduled to increase to more than $240,000. But a purchase, funded through the bond, will carry annual bond payments that will be only about $92,995.
Voters in the Vallivue School District decided to move forward with a $50 million bond which would help fund a second high school. The current Vallivue High School—built in 2000—was designed for 1,200 students, but today nearly 1,800 students attend Vallivue. Some teachers have to cope with as many as 40 students in a class.
In the Wood River Valley, a proposed two-year, $3.5 million tax levy to fund repairs on the Wood River Trail Bike Path was approved by voters.
But in the Salmon School District, voters rejected a school bond and levy that would have helped finance a replacement of two of the district's dillipidated schools. This was the ninth time that voters in Salmon said "no." Because it has been rejected so many times, the State of Idaho is now expected to come in and lend money for a $3.6 million upgrade to the schools. The voters will now have to pay the State of Idaho back through tax increases.