Vallivue bond issue headed to a recount

The razor-thin $65.3 million Vallivue bond issue election is headed for a recount.

According to Tuesday’s results, the bond issue cleared the necessary two-thirds supermajority threshold by a scant three votes. But on Wednesday, Canyon County officials said they are planning to recount the 2,421 ballots cast.

“The Canyon County Sheriff’s Office took custody of all ballots, ballot boxes, and ballot material until the anticipated recount can take place,” the county said in a Wednesday news release. “The Elections Office has also notified the Vallivue School District and Secretary of State’s Office that a recount is expected.”

The recount is likely to take place early next week.

According to Tuesday’s count, 1,615 voters endorsed the Vallivue School District bond issue, while 806 voters opposed it.

If the Vallivue bond issue withstands the recount, the growing district will use the proceeds to alleviate crowding at its middle schools. With two middle schools over or close to capacity, Vallivue leaders say they need a third middle school, and 48-year-old Vallivue Middle School needs $10 million in renovations.

More on the story from the Idaho Statesman. Click here for statewide results from Tuesday’s school elections.


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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