School levy election results

Maria Decaney

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School levy election results

CREATED Aug. 28, 2013

The unofficial results of the several Treasure Valley school district levy elections are in.

Emmett voters agreed to fund their school district $2.8 million over the next two years. The levy, which will replace the current levies that expired in June 2013, will restore about 15 positions along with operating budgets, maintenance projects, and sports programs, offocials said.

The Parma School District’s ten-year Plant Facilities levy needed a super-majority of 66.7% to pass. The unofficial results show that 79% of voters approved the existing levy (189 Yes; 49 No). At $250,000 per year, it is the same amount as the current levy, and will not increase the tax rate. The money collected by the levy will be used for construction and remodeling projects, the purchases of school buses, and to furnish and equip school buildings.

The Homedale Joint School District’s levy failed 427 to 452. The levy would have totaled $968,000 over two years. Without the funds, the District will see less staff, an increase in class sizes, the elimination of non-core programs, and increasing fees for sports and extracurricular activities, according to officials.

“I’m very disappointed,” Superintendent Rob Sauer told the Idaho Press Tribune. “You get to where the cuts are Draconian — everything is on the table. Supplemental levies aren’t supplemental anymore, they’re survival…We still have to provide as thorough an education as possible, but that becomes more difficult when you have 20 percent fewer certified staff and even more cuts.”