West Ada to pursue bond issue, supplemental levy

Idaho’s largest school district will go before voters in March looking for $123 million.

The West Ada School District will seek a $95 million bond issue and a two-year, $28 million supplemental levy, the Idaho Statesman reported Thursday.

Both questions will be on the ballot on March 13.

The requests aren’t a big surprise, as the district continues to face the pressures of ongoing enrollment growth. And it will mark the third time in three years that West Ada has gone before voters with ballot measures.

In March 2015, West Ada voters approved a $96 million bond issue, with most of the money going to build two new middle schools and a renovation at Meridian High School. This time around, a $60 million high school is the centerpiece of the bond issue proposal, the Statesman reported.

The supplemental levy would keep a $14 million-a-year levy on the books. Voters approved the levy in November 2015.

The bond issue will require a two-thirds supermajority to pass. Supplemental levies need only a simple majority to pass.



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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