Round Two: Nampa will seek supplemental levy in March

The Nampa School District will take another run at passing a supplemental levy on March 10.

And Idaho’s third-largest district is ratcheting up the price tag.

Nampa will seek $25.79 million over two years, Erin Bamer of the Idaho Press reported this week.

The decision came less than two months after a two-year, $24.15 million levy narrowly fell short of the simple majority it needed to pass. This proposal failed by 11 votes, out of nearly 7,500 ballots cast.

Trustee Mandy Simpson suggested seeking the higher levy amount in March, saying the extra money could help the district pay for building maintenance, Bamer reported. Simpson’s motion passed on a 4-1 vote.

“I’m nervous to go after something so high, when we’ve got so much at risk,” trustee Kim Rost said, according to Bamer’s report.

School districts can seek supplemental levies on four election dates: in March, May, August and November.

If Nampa’s levy passes in March, it would go into effect July 1, and replace a two-year, $18.75 million levy that expires in June.


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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