Several Canyon County school districts plan levy votes Aug. 28, and absentee voters can cast ballots at the county elections office starting Monday. The Nampa School District is asking district voters to approve a two-year supplemental levy of $1.6 million per year. Thats the same as the levy that expires this summer but less than half of the levy the district initially proposed, which failed in May with only about 40 percent support. If approved by a simple majority, the levy will help pay for curriculum, technology, supplies and maintenance. The Notus School District is trying again to pass two 10-year levies that fell short of the needed majority in March. The proposed plant facility levy, would raise about $150,000 per year for school upkeep and remodeling. The first projects on tap new windows and a heat pump system for the elementary school -- focus on energy efficiency, he said.
The second levy, also a continuation of a 2002 measure, would raise about $67,000 per year to help cover the districts share of maintaining COSSA, a coalition of small Canyon and Owyhee county districts that provides programs the districts could not afford on their own: professional-technical education, special education and an alternative high school.
The Wilder School District seeks a two-year supplemental levy to raise $310,000 per year to help cover maintenance and operating expenses. The previous supplemental levy was a one-year measure for $210,000. Canyon County residents who live within the Homedale or Kuna school districts also can cast absentee ballots on those levies. To vote absentee, go to the Canyon County Elections Office, 1102 E. Chicago St., Caldwell between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The voting period starts Monday and continues through Friday, Aug. 24. Voters will have until 5 p.m. to cast their ballot on the final day. To get an absentee ballot sent to you in the mail, write the Elections Office at the address above. You must be a registered voter and your request must include your complete name and address in the county, the address you want the ballot mailed to and your signature. Written requests must be received in the Elections Office by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22.