Nampa likely won’t seek recount in levy election

(UPDATED, Nov. 14, with results from vote canvass.)

The Nampa School District doesn’t plan to pay for a recount in November’s razor-thin supplemental levy election, the Idaho Press reported.

Trustees met Tuesday night, for the first time since the Nov. 5 election. Voters rejected Nampa’s two-year, $24.15 million supplemental levy, as the proposal fell 11 votes shy of the simple majority needed to pass. All told, 7,478 people voted in the election.

While that’s a close result, it’s not close enough to trigger a recount at county expense. That means the Nampa district would need to pony up for the recount. That would cost the district $2,900, or $100 per precinct, the Idaho Press reported.

If a recount is off the table, the next option is to run another levy. The district cannot run another election until March, but its existing two-year, $18.75 million levy is still on the books until June 30.

Nampa’s general fund budget is about $96.5 million, and district officials said Tuesday that they would need to cut programs without another levy, the Idaho Press reported.

Nampa had hoped to use the $24.15 million levy to maintain teaching positions, finance extracurricular programs, purchase curriculum and classroom technology and cover an annual independent audit.

Canyon County officials canvassed last week’s election results Wednesday morning. The numbers in Nampa’s levy were unchanged.


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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