CWI to seek recount on building levy

The battle for a $39 million College of Western Idaho health science building isn’t over yet.

CWI trustees voted unanimously Monday to seek a recount, the Idaho Press reported. The decision comes six days after the college’s plant facilities levy failed by a narrow margin.

The levy received 54.9 percent support. That fell just shy of the 55 percent supermajority needed to pass the 10-year levy. However, as the Press reported, that places the issue within the 0.1 percent margin that allows for a recount at state expense.

All told, 231,760 Ada and Canyon county voters weighed in on the proposal. The levy fell 144 votes shy of passage.

Two recounts are in the works.

Ada County elections officials will conduct a recount in the Senate race for West Boise’s legislative District 15. Republican incumbent Fred Martin defeated Democratic challenger Jim Bratnober by only six votes.

The recounts could take up to a month, Ada County deputy clerk Phil McGrane told the Press.


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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