Lewiston isn’t giving up on schools sales tax

The Lewiston School District will continue its push for a local sales tax to pay for building — despite opposition from school trustees statewide.

Delegates at the Idaho School Boards Association’s annual convention Friday rejected Lewiston’s local-option sales tax resolution. It’s a novel building finance approach; a 10-year half-cent sales tax for a new Nez Perce County jail is coming off the books, and the district wants to ask voters for a similar sales tax to build a new high school.

“We’ll still move forward for sponsorship of a bill,” district superintendent Bob Donaldson said, according to the Associated Press. “Or (be) looking for a senator who has a bill that would meet our needs.”

ISBA delegates approved two other resolutions designed to help schools pay for building projects, including a renewed push to lower the two-thirds supermajority to pass bond issues. Lewiston sought bond issues for a high school in 2004, 2010 and 2011, falling short of the two-thirds threshold each time.

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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