Blaine County puts levy election on hold

Another school ballot measure is on hold, in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Blaine County School District is postponing a 10-year, $40 million plant facilities levy, Gretel Kauffman of the Idaho Mountain Express reported last week. Originally planned for August, the election now will be held next March.

“I think it would be in exceedingly bad faith, given what the economic consequences could be to (the people in) this school district, for us to be asking for more money in August or November of this year,” board Chairman Keith Roark said, according to Kauffman. “Even if we wanted to do that, I have severe doubts about whether we would be able to get it approved anyway.”

As of Wednesday, Blaine County has 480 confirmed or probable cases of coronavirus, accounting for more than 2 percent of the county’s population. While the increase in cases has slowed considerably over the past couple of weeks, the county’s infection rate remains among the highest in the nation.

Blaine County has closed schools for the remainder of the academic year.

Earlier this year, the West Ada, Idaho Falls and Emmett school districts pulled bond issues off the May ballot.

 

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