Emergency levy bill drops sharply

Idaho’s emergency school levy bill appears to be dropping to its lowest level in at least a decade.

Two Eastern Idaho districts are collecting slightly more than $703,000, in order to keep pace with growth.

But these appear to be the only emergency levies on the books this school year.

Districts can impose emergency levies if they log an enrollment increase over the first 10 days of the school year. Unlike other levies, districts can collect an emergency levy without voter approval. But districts must move quickly; counties must certify all school levies by the second Monday in September.

The Jefferson and Teton County school districts imposed emergency levies by the deadline. They will collect about $609,000 and $94,000, respectively.

Emergency levy collections surged several years ago. In 2019-20, 14 districts collected $12.8 million in emergency levies.

Then came the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2020-21, only two districts collected emergency levies, totaling $1.2 million.

Over the past two school years, the state emergency levy bill has come in at about $2 million annually.

Idaho EdNews data analyst Randy Schrader contributed to this report.

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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