Vallivue imposes $1.3 million emergency levy

The Vallivue School District will collect a $1.3 million emergency levy to offset the cost of growth.

The cost will come to about $40 on $100,000 of taxable property.

The Canyon County district has been growing steadily for years, and collected a $1 million emergency levy for 2017-18.

State law allows districts to collect a one-year emergency levy, based on an increase in student attendance. Trustees can impose an emergency levy without voter approval, unlike other school levies and bond issues.

All told, eight school districts will collect $10.5 million in emergency levies in 2018-19. (Click here to read a previous story, listing the state’s other emergency levies.)

On Aug. 14, Vallivue trustees voted unanimously to impose an emergency levy, according to board minutes provided to Idaho Education News. But that means trustees OK’d the levy before the start of the school year — and before the district could collect the student numbers necessary to justify an emergency levy.

Questions about the mechanics of emergency levies have arisen before.

In September, Idaho Education News reported that Bonneville School District trustees imposed an emergency levy  this summer, without even taking a vote.

Kevin Richert

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