Mountain Home bond issue fails; voters OK various school levies

Tuesday’s historic primary election included some $97 million in school levies and bond issues, most of which was rejected by voters across the state.

The bond issues on the ballot failed in two districts, including $79 million request in Mountain Home. But voters did approve several levies.

A closer look at how things shook out Tuesday, from Teton to Nezperce:

Bond issues

Three bond issues failed, including Mountain Home’s measure, which would have funded construction of a new high school.

Just 46% of voters favored the measure. In Idaho, bond issues need a supermajority of supporting votes to pass.

Meanwhile, two bond issues priced at $1.5 million apiece tanked in the Ririe School District, in Rural East Idaho:

  1. A three-year, $1.5 million measure for construction of a maintenance and transportation building.  
  2. A five-year, $1.5 million bond for various upgrades to facilities throughout the district.

Supplemental levies

Six districts combined to pass over $13.8 million in school levies. The Plummer-Worley district tallied the only loss, with its measure failing for the second straight time.

How school levies shook out on May 17:

  • Whitepine: a one-year, $880,000 supplemental levy: Passed. 
  • Nezperce: a one-year $445,000 supplemental levy: Passed. 
  • Wendell: a two-year $1.2 million supplemental levy: Passed. 
  • Cottonwood: a one-year, $250,000 supplemental levy: Passed. 
  • Plummer-Worley: a two-year, $1,254,000 supplemental levy: Failed
  • Genesee: a one-year, $1,185,000 supplemental levy: Passed. 
  • Teton: a two-year, $9,864,000 supplemental levy: Passed. 
Devin Bodkin

Devin Bodkin

EdNews assistant editor and reporter Devin Bodkin is a former high school English teacher who specializes in stories about charter schools and educating students who live in poverty. He lives and works in East Idaho. Follow Devin on Twitter @dsbodkin. He can be reached by email at [email protected].

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