After recount, CWI levy still falls short of passage

The recount is finished, but for the College of Western Idaho, the result didn’t change.

The two-year college still fell short of the threshold to pass a levy for a $39 million health science building.

The measure actually lost a few votes in Ada County, while picking up a smidge of support in Canyon County.

The levy lost 31 “yes” votes in Ada County, after the final recount, Xavier Ward of the Idaho Press reported. Previously, the measure picked up seven votes in the Canyon County recount.

The changes were minor — and, ultimately, academic. On Nov. 6, the plant facilities levy came up 144 votes shy of the 55 percent supermajority needed for passage.

All told, more than 231,000 Ada and Canyon county residents voted on the proposal.

Now, it will be up to CWI officials to decide whether to take another run at the levy. They could try again in May.

CWI is on the clock.

The 2018 Legislature earmarked $10 million for the project. The catch: CWI must identify a source for the balance of the project’s costs by June. If that doesn’t happen, the state’s earmark expires.


Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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