Early voting to start for Treasure Valley school levies

broberts@idahostatesman.comFebruary 5, 2014 

Early voting for supplemental school levies in Ada and Canyon counties starts in the next few days. The Meridian, Vallivue, Nampa, Kuna, Caldwell and Middleton school districts are seeking a total of $29.1 million a year over two years, in part to make up for state funding cuts.

The regular election day is March 11.

Early voting for districts in Canyon County begins Monday and ends Friday, March 7. Voters must bring a photo identification. The office will be closed Monday, Feb. 17 in observance of Presidents Day. The elections office is at 1102 E. Chicago St. in Caldwell. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Voting for Ada County districts begins Tuesday, Feb. 18 and ends Friday, March 7. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Voters can also cast ballots on Saturday, March 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Photo ID is required.

Two school districts, Meridian and Kuna, have voters from both counties. Voters must vote in their counties of residence.

Here is a breakdown on the levies. State law allows districts to seek supplemental levies to help pay for day-to-day operations that are primarily funded by the state. Each requires a simple majority for passage.

Æ Meridian: A $14 million levy a year for two more years. A previously approved supplemental levy currently costs $115.64 per year for a homeowner whose house has a taxable value of $100,000. That amount might change a bit for the new levy. Meridian expects to receive $4 million in new money from the state next year, but those dollars will need to be combined with levy money just to keep the budget at its present level, school officials say.

Æ Vallivue: A $4.5 million annual levy for two more years. The current, previously approved levy goes to keep class sizes low and to help with a college prep program for low-income students. The current levy costs $57 for a home with a taxable value of $100,000.

Æ Nampa: A $3.39 million two-year levy to end 14 days of per year of furlough and fill 25 teaching positions eliminated in budget cuts. The property tax bill for the levy would about double from the existing $1.6 million levy.

Æ Kuna: A $3.19 million yearly levy for two years. An existing supplemental levy has gone to pay for 71 employees and six school days. The levy costs $326.15 for a home with a taxable value of $100,000.

Æ Caldwell: $2.75 million for day-to-day operations.

Æ Middleton: $1.31 million.

Bill Roberts: 377-6408, Twitter: @IDS_BillRoberts

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