School districts across Idaho will seek nearly $288.4 million from local taxpayers next Tuesday.
The March 8 election features requests from 41 of Idaho’s 115 districts, with amounts ranging from a two-year, $150,000 supplemental levy in the Mackay district to an $80 million bond issue for a new middle school and other upgrades in the Jefferson County district.
The election’s not a record-setter, and it represents a slight decline from what districts asked for last March, which came in at just under $300 million. March 2017’s election featured a mammoth $715 million in bonds and levies.
Still, next week’s millions make for a big day for voters across the state. The bulk of requested funds — a combined $176.9 million — comes in the form of bond issues for new and improved infrastructure in four districts.
At least 37 districts will request a combined total of nearly $84.6 million in supplemental funding, which help local leaders pad budgets for a variety of expenses.
Four districts are asking for a combined $26.9 million via plant-facilities levies, which have a maximum term of 10 years, can only be used for capital projects but not normally for new facilities.
Here’s a closer look at what’s on the ballot this time around:
Bond issues. At least four districts want local taxpayers to bankroll construction for new schools and other upgrades:
- Jefferson County: $80 million for a new middle school and other construction projects.
- Vallivue: $55 million for two new elementary schools.
- Madison: $25.5 million for a new elementary school and other upgrades.
- Boundary County: $16.4 million for a new elementary school.
Bond issues require two-thirds support from voters to pass.
Supplemental levies. These measures need simple majority of votes.
Here are this election’s five biggest asks:
- Nampa: a two-year, $16 million levy.
- Vallivue: a two-year, $9 million levy.
- Caldwell: a two-year, $8.2 million levy.
- Kellogg: a two-year levy worth $5.9 million.
- Mountain Home: a two-year, $5.4 million levy.
Statewide, the amount of funding schools receive via supplemental levies has grown for six years and counting, setting a new record in 2021-22. In all, Idaho property owners will have bankrolled more than $218.2 million in supplemental levies this school year, up about $1.6 million from the record-setting year prior.
Click here for a full rundown of supplemental levies up for consideration on March 8.
Plant-facilities levies. These levies require either 55%, 60% or a two-thirds majority of supporting votes to pass — depending on the percent of district market value levied.
Here are the four districts seeking them on March 8, and how much support they’ll need:
- Highland: a five-year, $250,000 proposal (two-thirds support).
- Idaho Falls: a 10-year, $24.4 million levy (55% support).
- Mackay: a five-year measure for $748,664 (55% support).
- Valley: a five-year, $1.5 million proposal (55% support).
More on your district
Find out how your property is levied by your local schools, and how it compares to other Idaho districts here.