Nampa School District plans hearing on levy

The public will get a chance for input before the next tax measure.

broberts@idahostatesman.comDecember 27, 2013 

The public meeting is tentatively set for 7 p.m. on Jan. 9 at the district office, 619 S. Canyon St.

Nampa school officials are working their way out of a $5.3 million deficit, which should be repaid this year.

They say they need a levy to help restore 10 of the 46 teachers the district cut to balance its budget. District officials also want to cut their 14 days of furlough in half, with an emphasis on restoring five days of instruction.

Trustees agreed earlier this month to hold a levy election but have not set an amount or a date.

At a board meeting on Dec. 17, education stakeholder groups, including the Nampa Education Association, parents groups and members of the district’s superintendent search committee, urged the board to seek a levy, even if it means increasing the property tax rate for homeowners.

Pete Koehler, Nampa school superintendent, has suggested a $2.8 million levy that would include setting aside $700,000 for the district’s reserve fund, improving district computer equipment and purchasing materials for a curriculum based on Idaho Core Standards.

A $1.6 million levy for school operations expires in June.

Bill Roberts: 377-6408, Twitter: @IDS_BillRoberts

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