Districts to ask patrons for $209 million in local bonds and levies

Patrons statewide can expect to see school district requests on the May 21 ballots. 

Voters across 40 counties will be asked to fund local bonds or levies, totaling $209 million. The proposals include a two-year, $27.7 million supplemental levy request by West Ada, and McCall’s $14 million bond to build new workforce housing for district employees.

Bonds

Pocatello

  • What: A $33 million school bond.
  • What’s at stake? The item will be on the ballot, but school leaders say they no longer need the money. Gov. Brad Little recently signed into law two facilities bills that will assure the district gets a projected $43 million this year for building needs. 
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $50 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The bond term is 10 years. Bonds need a 66.67% supermajority vote to pass.

Camas County

  • What: A $9 million school bond.
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is to construct a new vocational technical school and for facility repair projects at the K-12 school building.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $229 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The bond term is 20 years. Bonds need a 66.67% supermajority vote to pass.

Ririe

  • What: A $1.5 million school bond.
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for maintenance projects on school facilities and equipment.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $84.51 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The bond term is 5 years. Bonds need a 66.67% supermajority vote to pass.

Castleford

  • What: A $8.25 million school bond.
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for constructing a new competition gym with three attached classrooms, site drainage repairs and other improvements.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $193 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The bond term is 20 years. Bonds need a 66.67% supermajority vote to pass.

McCall

  • What: A $14 million school bond.
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for the purpose of financing the costs of acquisition, construction and equipping new workforce housing for district employees.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $12.23 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. As of May 21, 2024, the total existing bond indebtedness of the district is $26.16 million. The bond term is 15 years. Bonds need a 66.67% supermajority vote to pass.

Salmon

  • What: A $20 million school bond.
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is to finance the construction of a new K-8 elementary school, along with furnishings and equipment.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $122.72 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The bond term is 20 years. As of May 21, 2024, the total existing bonded indebtedness of the district is $0.00. Bonds need a 66.67% supermajority vote to pass.

Plant Facility Levy

Butte County

  • What: A two-year, $206,000 plant facility levy. 
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for the purpose permitted by law for school plant facility levies.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $42.28 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year, for fiscal years 2025-2027. The proposed levy replaces an existing levy that expires on June 30, 2025, and that currently costs $42.28 per $100,000. If the proposed levy is approved, the tax per $100,000 is expected to remain the same. The levy term is 2 years and will need 55% approval to pass.

Fruitland

  • What: A 10-year, $3.5 million plant facility levy.
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for general improvements and maintenance of school sites, general repairs and maintenance of existing buildings and facilities, and other lawful facility improvements.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $15.80 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The proposed levy replaces an existing levy that expires on June 30, 2024. The levy term is 10 years and will need 55% approval to pass.

Parma

  • What: A 10-year, $2.5 million plant facility levy.
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for improvement of school sites and general repairs to and maintenance of existing buildings; parking lots maintenance and repair; gym floor maintenance and repair; hallway in all buildings maintenance and repair; HVAC maintenance and repair.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $28.37 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The proposed levy replaces an existing levy that expires on June 30, 2024, and that currently costs $28.37 per $100,000. If the proposed levy is approved, the tax per $100,000 is expected to remain the same. The levy term is 10 years and will need 55% approval to pass.

Supplemental Levy

West Ada

  • What: A two-year, $27.7 million supplemental levy. 
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for the purpose of employing 152 teachers and contracting 19 resource safety officers.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $27.13 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The proposed levy replaces an existing levy that expires on June 30, 2024, and that currently costs $27.43 per $100,000. If the proposed levy is approved, the tax per $100,000 is expected to decrease by $.30. The levy term is 2 years.  Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass.

Kuna

  • What: A two-year, $10.6 million supplemental levy. 
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for the purpose of staffing and operations, and facility maintenance.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $103.90 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The levy term is 2 years.  Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass.

Soda Springs

  • What: A $993,000 supplemental levy.
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for teacher and staff salaries and benefits, a resource officer, and maintenance and operations
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $75 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. Currently, the district collects a supplemental levy authorized in the amount of $698,000 that costs the taxpayer $52.59 per $100,000, which will expire when the proposed levy goes into effect. The levy term is one year.  Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass.

Butte County

  • What: A two-year, $320,000 supplemental levy. 
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for staff salaries and benefits, classroom supplies and curriculum, technology and software, and maintenance and transportation.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $65.68 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year, for fiscal years 2025-2027. The proposed levy replaces an existing levy that will expire on June 30, 2025, and that currently costs $65.68 per taxable assessed value. If the levy is approved, the tax per $100,000 is expected to remain the same. The levy term is two years. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass. 

Mackay

  • What: A two-year, $170,000 supplemental levy. 
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for $15,000 for classroom supplies and textbooks; $10,000 for classified salaries and benefits; $10,000 for building and heating costs; $50,000 for athletics.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $33.87 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The levy term is two years. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass. 

Mountain Home

  • What: A two-year, $5.4 million supplemental levy. 
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for salaries and benefits, athletics, contracted student services, service agreements and driver education cars.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $48.22 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. Currently, the district collects a supplemental levy that costs $48.22 per $100,000 that expires on June 30, 2024 and currently costs $48.22 per $100,000. If the levy passes, the tax is not expected to change. The levy term is two years. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass. 

Sugar-Salem

  • What: A two-year, $1.2 million supplemental levy. 
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for textbooks and technology at $175,000, agriculture department improvements at $150,000 and maintenance at $275,000.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $101.40 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The levy term is two years. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass. 

Glenns Ferry

  • What: A two-year, $700,000 supplemental levy. 
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for staffing at $225,000; curriculum at $55,000; facilities at $45,000; and technology at $25,000.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $71 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. Currently, the district collects a supplemental levy that costs $69 per $100,000. It expires on June 30, 2024. If the proposed levy passes, the cost is expected to increase by $2 per $100,000. The levy term is two years. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass. 

Buhl

  • What: A two-year, $1.3 million supplemental levy. 
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for the career technical program at $130,000, an increase in transportation/utilities costs at $355,000 and certified staff at $165,000. 
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $58.96 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The proposed levy replaces an existing levy that expires on June 30, 2024, and that currently costs $36.28 per $100,000. The levy term is two years. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass. 

McCall

  • What: A two-year, $1.3 million supplemental levy. 
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for transportation, safety and benefits, and food services.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $6.65 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The levy term is two years. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass. 

Highland

  • What: A $499,000 supplemental levy.
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for classified salaries and benefits, busing, activities and activity busing.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $232.08 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The proposed levy replaces an existing levy that will expire on June 30, 2024, and that currently costs 232.08. If the levy is approved, the tax per $100,000 is expected to remain the same. The levy term is one year. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass. 

Culdesac

  • What: A two-year, $500,000 supplemental levy, 
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for the purpose of maintenance and operation of the district.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $287.90 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The proposed levy replaces an existing levy that will expire on June 30, 2024, and that currently costs $287.90 per taxable assessed value. If the levy is approved, the tax per $100,000 is expected to remain the same. The levy term is two years. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass. 

Genesee

  • What: A two-year, $2.37 million supplemental levy. 
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for staff salaries and benefits, extracurricular activities, technology, maintenance and transportation, and special education services. 
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $404.45 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The proposed levy replaces an existing levy that will expire on June 30, 2024, and that currently costs $404.45 per taxable assessed value. If the levy is approved, the tax per $100,000 is expected to remain the same. The levy term is two years. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass.

West Bonner

  • What: A $4.648 million supplemental levy.
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for the following items: $917,000 for roofing, HVAC, boiler, plumbing, and services and supplies; $72,045 school resource officer; $376,500 extracurricular activities; $258,540 transportation and buses; $100,000 child nutrition; $86,500 for curricular materials ; $40,006 for technology; $112,000 for health and liability insurance increases; $1,423,382 for support staff salaries and benefits; $1,262,244 pupil services and administration salaries and benefits. 
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $94.43 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The levy term is one year. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass. 

Cassia County

  • What: A two-year, $5.59 million supplemental levy. 
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for curriculum and programs, a school nurse, resource officer, extracurricular, and furniture and equipment.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $84.23 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The proposed levy replaces an existing levy that expires on June 30, 2024 and that currently costs $66.15 per taxable assessed value. If the new levy passes, the tax is expected to increase $18.08. The levy term is two years . Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass. 

American Falls

  • What: A two-year, $5.5 million supplemental levy. 
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for staff salaries and benefits, safety and security, classroom supplies and curriculum, and technology.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $205 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The proposed levy replaces an existing levy that will expire on June 30, 2025, and that currently costs $205 per taxable assessed value. If the levy is approved, the tax per $100,000 is expected to remain the same. The levy term is two years. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass. 

Cambridge

  • What: A two-year, $200,000 supplemental levy. 
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for salaries and benefits, maintenance and transportation, and utilities and fuel.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $34.32 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The proposed levy replaces an existing levy that will expire on June 30, 2024, and that currently costs $39.37 per taxable assessed value. If the levy is approved, the tax per assessed value is expected to decrease by $5.05. The levy term is two years. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass.

Council

  • What: A two-year, $260,000 supplemental levy. 
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for salaries and benefits.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $28.40 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The proposed levy replaces an existing levy that will expire on June 30, 2024, and that currently costs $25.96 per taxable assessed value. If the levy is approved, the tax per assessed value is expected to increase by $2.44. The levy term is two years. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass.

Salmon River

  • What: A $495,000 supplemental levy.
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for teacher salaries and benefits, classified staff, extracurricular services, technology, IDLA and licensing.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $164.41 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The levy term is one year. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass.

Cottonwood

  • What: A $175,000 supplemental levy.
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for technology, utilities, substitute teachers, maintenance repairs and online speech language employee support.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $61.07 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The levy term is one year. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass.

Aberdeen

  • What: A two-year, $1.9 million supplemental levy. 
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for maintaining and operating all the schools.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $298.65 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The levy term is two years. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass.

Snake River

  • What: A two-year, $1.4 million supplemental levy. 
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for teachers, curriculum, technology, safety, insurance, all-day kindergarten, co-curricular and athletics.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $85 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The proposed levy replaces an existing levy that will expire on June 30, 2025, and that currently costs $85 per taxable assessed value. If the levy is approved, the tax per assessed value is expected to remain the same. The levy term is two years. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass.

Whitepine

  • What: A $880,000 supplemental levy.
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for maintaining and operating the district.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $283.50 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The proposed levy replaces an existing levy that will expire on June 30, 2024, and that currently costs $288.10 per taxable assessed value. If the levy is approved, the tax per assessed value is expected to decrease by $4.60. The levy term is one year. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass.

Nezperce

  • What: A $445,000 supplemental levy.
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for salaries and benefits, curriculum and supplies, utilities, and maintenance and transportation.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $258 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The proposed levy replaces an existing levy that will expire on June 30, 2024, and that currently costs $281 per taxable assessed value. If the levy is approved, the tax per assessed value is expected to remain the same. The levy term is one year. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass.

Mountain View

  • What: A two-year, $5.872 million supplemental levy.
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for staffing, Clearwater Valley High School, extra- and co-curricular, district land and property, operating expenses, curriculum, technology, all-day kindergarten, elementary libraries, Elk City School, custodial supplies, and student busing.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $182.16 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The levy term is 2 years. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass.

Preston

  • What: A two-year, $2 million supplemental levy. 
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for specialized educators and counselors, increased wages for classified staff, extracurricular, and safety.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $82.44 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The levy term is two years. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass.

Grace

  • What: A two-year, $1 million supplemental levy. 
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for salaries and benefits, curriculum, technology, maintenance, and transportation.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $187 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The levy term is two years. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass.

Bruneau-Grandview

  • What: A two-year, $1.3 million supplemental levy. 
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for salaries and benefits, technology services, supplies, athletics, ground maintenance, and building care supplies.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $212.50 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The levy term is two years. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass.

Basin (Idaho City)

  • What: A two-year, $987,000 supplemental levy. 
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for safety, student resource officer, athletics, maintenance, technology, preschool staffing and a nurse.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $45.56 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The proposed levy replaces an existing levy that will expire on June 30, 2024, and that currently costs $45.70 per taxable assessed value. If the levy is approved, the tax per assessed value is expected to decrease by $.14. The levy term is two years. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass.

Garden Valley

  • What: A two-year, $800,000 supplemental levy. 
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for salaries and benefits, extracurricular, technology, full-day kindergarten, classroom support, transportation, and special education.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $29.07 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The proposed levy replaces an existing levy that will expire on June 30, 2024, and that currently costs $36.34 per taxable assessed value. If the levy is approved, the tax per assessed value is expected to decrease by $7.27. The levy term is two years. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass.

Troy

  • What: A two-year, $1.99 million supplemental levy.
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for salaries and benefits, security and technology, maintenance and operations, and extracurricular and athletic programs.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $331.68 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The proposed levy replaces an existing levy that will expire on June 30, 2024, and that currently costs $331.68 per taxable assessed value. If the levy is approved, the tax per assessed value is expected to remain the same. The levy term is 2 years. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass.

Richfield

  • What: A two-year, $360,000 supplemental levy.
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for salaries and benefits, student activities and extracurricular programs.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $138.59 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The proposed levy replaces an existing levy that will expire on June 30, 2024, and that currently costs $153.99 per taxable assessed value. If the levy is approved, the tax per assessed value is expected to decrease by $15.40. The levy term is 2 years. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass.

Shoshone

  • What: A two-year, $600,000 supplemental levy.
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for athletics, certified staff extended day, classified staff, transportation, certified staff classroom and supplies.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $74.54 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The proposed levy replaces an existing levy that will expire on June 30, 2024, and that currently costs $74.54 per taxable assessed value. If the levy is approved, the tax per assessed value is expected to remain the same. The levy term is 2 years. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass.

Potlatch

  • What: A $1.7 million supplemental levy.
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for salaries and benefits, extracurricular activities, CTE and enrichment programs.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $355.17 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year.. The levy term is 1 year. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass.

Blaine County

  • What: A two-year, $3.7 million supplemental levy.
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for salary and benefits for gifted and talented programs, salary and benefits for preschool, salary and benefits for half-day kindergarten, and salary and benefits for summer school.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $8.53 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The levy term is 2 years. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass.

Wendell

  • What: A two-year, $1.2 million supplemental levy.
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for classified staff, curriculum adoption, food service and building maintenance.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $27.53 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The proposed levy replaces an existing levy that will expire on June 30, 2024, and that currently costs $27.53 per taxable assessed value. If the levy is approved, the tax per assessed value is expected to remain the same. The levy term is 2 years. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass.

Plummer-Worley

    • What: A two-year, $1.357 million supplemental levy.
    • What’s at stake? The proposal is for safety and security measures, maintenance, athletics and athletic transportation, and staffing.
    • Impact: The tax burden would be about $54.59 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The levy term is 2 years. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass.

Weiser

  • What: A two-year, $1.5 million supplemental levy.
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for salaries and benefits to support all-day kindergarten, salaries and benefits to support athletics, technology equipment upgrades and new track and sports complex.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $85.56 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The proposed levy replaces an existing levy that will expire on June 30, 2024, and that currently costs $39.93 per taxable assessed value. If the levy is approved, the tax per assessed value is expected to increase $45.63. The levy term is 2 years. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass.

Bear Lake County

  • What: A two-year, $3 million supplemental levy.
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for technology, maintenance, custodial, safety, extracurricular activities and building facilities.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $33.87 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The proposed levy replaces an existing $650,000 levy that will expire on June 30, 2025. The school district does not anticipate increasing the tax burden to local patrons because the district will receive $850,000 from the state. The $850,000 will be combined with the $650,000 to equal $1.5 million per year, for two years. If the levy is approved, the tax per assessed value is expected to remain the same. The levy term is 2 years. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass.

Caldwell

  • What: A two-year, $8.2 million supplemental levy.
  • What’s at stake? The proposal is for student transportation, school resource officers, student security staff, certified and classified staff, preschool, curriculum, and extracurricular activities. 
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $41.11 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The proposed levy replaces an existing levy that will expire on June 30, 2024, and that currently costs $41.11 per taxable assessed value. If the levy is approved, the tax per assessed value is expected to remain the same. The levy term is 2 years. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass.

Madison

      • What: A two-year, $3.99 million supplemental levy.
      • What’s at stake? The proposal is for salaries and benefits, safety and technology, curriculum and new buses.  
      • Impact: The tax burden would be about $61.16 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The proposed levy replaces an existing levy that will expire on June 30, 2024, and that currently costs $61.16 per taxable assessed value. If the levy is approved, the tax per assessed value is expected to remain the same. The levy term is 2 years. Supplemental levies need a simple majority vote to pass.

COSSA Levy

Wilder

  • What: A $2.735 million school bond.
  • What’s at stake? To fund the district’s share of the Canyon Owyhee School Service Agency, which provides special education and career technical education services.
  • Impact: The tax burden would be about $100 per $100,000 in taxable assessed value per year. The bond term is 5 years. Bonds need a 66.67% supermajority vote to pass.

Bonds and levies are complicated. Read our in-depth explanation of each type of school ballot measure to make sure you’re prepared before election day. Data analyst Randy Schrader contributed to this report.

Darren Svan

Darren Svan

Reporter Darren Svan has a background in both journalism and education. Prior to working for military schools at overseas installations, he was news editor at several publications in Wyoming and Colorado. You can send news tips to [email protected].

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