Another levy in the works in Nampa?

It isn’t official yet, but in March, Nampa voters could be asked to support their third school levy in 17 months.

Nampa trustees discussed the idea during a work session Tuesday. A final decision could come at the board’s December or January meeting, and an election could be held as early as March, according to the Idaho Press-Tribune.

Pete Koehler
Nampa Superintendent Pete Koehler

Interim Superintendent Pete Koehler recommended a levy, according to the Press-Tribune — saying it would keep the financially strapped district from operating “paycheck to paycheck.”

Two years after discovering a series of accounting errors, the district could enter the next budget year in the black. A pair of voter-approved levies were part of the deficit-cutting equation — a two-year, $3.2 million levy passed in August 2012 and a one-year, $4.3 million levy approved in March.

The district’s cost-cutting measures — designed to erase a shortfall pegged earlier this year at $5.1 million — include 14 unpaid furlough days for 2013-14, and the closure of Sunny Ridge Elementary School.

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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