Nampa teachers rejected a proposal from district administrators for a 14-day furlough to help cut a $3.5 million budget shortfall for the 2013-2014 during labor negotiations Thursday.
Instead, teachers say they want the district to use money it gets from the state to give them a 1.67 percent pay hike.
Locally generated revenue from tax levies and other sources along with cuts the district has made have totaled $21 million to the district in the past year, said Mandy Simpson, Nampa Education Association president.
She complained of a lack of transparency over financial numbers coming from the district. She points to the constantly shifting deficit that grew from $2.3 million when it was first reported last August to $5.1 million by March.
"As far as trust goes, it's a shaky thing out here," she said. "We want to know the truth."
Asked if he was surprised by the teachers counter proposal, district superintendent Pete Koehler said, " We will work our way through it."