Doubleheader: CDA to seek bond issue, levy in March

The Coeur d’Alene School District will have a two-fer on the March 14 ballot: a $35.5 million bond issue and a $32 million supplemental levy.

On a 4-1 vote, trustees decided Monday to put the bond issue on the March ballot, Bethany Blitz of the Coeur d’Alene Press reported.

The bond issue would cover a variety of projects, including upgrades at the district’s two high schools, land acquisition and the construction of a new elementary school, Blitz reported.

Trustee Christa Hazel voted against pursuing a March bond issue, since trustees had decided in December to seek renewal of the district’s supplemental levy.

“If we lose the bond, we must regroup, but we continue as we currently are,” Hazel said, according to Blitz. “But if we lose the (supplemental levy), we lose existing staff, we lose support for curriculum, we lose services, we lose support staff, and that in turn not only heavily affects our students but it also affects this economy.”

Coeur d’Alene’s current two-year, $30 million supplemental levy is the largest in the state, and it comes off the books this year. A new supplemental levy will require a simple majority to pass.

A bond issue requires a two-thirds supermajority to pass.

Coeur d’Alene won’t be the only large district with a bond issue on the March 14 ballot. Boise will seek a $172.5 million measure, and Lewiston will seek $59.8 million for a new high school.