Vote

Several East Idaho school districts will be asking voters to approve levies and bonds on Tuesday.

All polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at local voting precincts.

Pocatello Chubbuck School District is asking for approval of a two-year supplemental levy of $9.25 million per year to help maintain and operate the district’s schools during fiscal years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021.

The supplemental levy represents 12 percent of the district’s total budget.

Voters will report to their usual polling places. Earlier this winter, Superintendent Doug Howell asked Bannock County to consider removing polling places from local public schools for security reasons, but Howell said no changes have yet been agreed upon. He said the county will provide extra security for the supplemental levy election, and voter turnout should be manageable.

The owner of a home with a taxable valuation of $100,000, factoring in the homeowner’s exemption, would pay $20.06 per month toward the levy, if it is approved by a simple majority of voters.

The levy amount has been held flat for more than four years and would remain flat. The obligation for the owner of a $100,000 home has decreased slightly from 2017-2018, when the monthly obligation was $20.59. School district officials explained the total would be spread across more homes with increased local property values.

Of 37,300 registered voters in the district, 2,899 voted in the last supplemental levy election. The supplemental levy passed with 78 percent of voters in favor.

“It’s become a way of life I think in our community because it’s been in place for more than 60 years,” said district spokeswoman Courtney Fisher.

The district also retired all of its general obligation debt in 2016, thereby reducing the overall tax burden to its patrons by $2.1 million per year.

Blackfoot School District is seeking a two year supplemental maintenance and operation levy of $2.275 million per year for the fiscal years beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2021.

Snake River School District is seeking a supplemental levy in the amount of $750,000 per year for a period of two years, commencing with the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2021 for the purpose of paying all lawful expenses of maintaining and operating the schools of the district. 

Aberdeen School District is asking for approval to levy a school plant facilities reserve fund levy in the amount of $275,000 for the first fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020 and continuing each year in the amount of $275,000 for five years for the purpose of allowing the district to add to, remodel or repair any existing building; for lease and lease purchase agreements for any of the above purposes and to repay loans from commercial lending institutions extended to pay for the construction of school plant facilities. 

West Side Joint School District is asking for approval to levy a school plant facilities reserve fund in the amount of $40,000 per year for a period of five years commencing with the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019 and continuing each year ending June 30, 2024 for the purpose of allowing the district to acquire, purchase or improve school sites and accumulate funds to build a school house or school houses or other buildings.

West Side Joint School District is also asking for approval of a one-year supplemental levy in the amount of $90,000 per year for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020 for the purpose of paying all lawful expenses of maintaining and operating the schools of the district.

Grace Joint School District is seeking to levy a school plant facilities reserve fund in the amount of $150,000 for the first fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019 and continuing each year in the amount of $150,000 for one year for the purpose of allowing the district to acquire, purchase or improve school sites; to accumulate funds for and to build a school house or school houses or other building or buildings; to demolish or remove school buildings; to add to, remodel or repair any existing building; to furnish and equip any building or buildings; to purchase school buses; for lease and lease-purchase agreements for any of the above purposes and to repay loans from commercial lending institutions extended to pay for the construction of school plant facilities.

Grace Joint School District is also seeking a $300,000 supplemental levy for the purpose of paying all lawful expenses of maintaining and operating the schools of the district for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019, and ending June 30, 2020.

Soda Springs Joint School District is asking for the approval of a one-year, $728,000 supplemental levy for the purpose of paying all lawful expenses of maintaining and operating the schools of the district commencing with the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020.

Oneida County School District is seeking a general school bond in the principal amount not to exceed $14.85 million for the purpose of financing the costs of acquisition, construction, furnishing and equipping of a new elementary school. including the cost of demolition of the existing elementary school.

Oneida County School District is also seeking a general obligation school bond in the principle amount not to exceed $3.5 million for the purpose of financing the costs of construction, furnishing and equipping of a new auditorium building for the District.

Cassia County Joint School District is asking for the approval of a general obligation bond in the principal amount not to exceed $56.7 million for the purpose of financing the costs of renovations and improvements to existing schools and school facilities including constructing and installing additional classrooms at Burley High School, Burley Junior High School, Dworshak Elementary School, and Oakley High School, and completing the addition at Declo Elementary School, all to address growth and overcrowding, installing or upgrading HVAC facilities throughout the district, renovating and improving the Cassia Regional Technical Center, and providing necessary equipment and furnishings for such facilities.

Bear Lake County School District is seeking a general obligation school bond in the principal amount not to exceed $49 million for the purpose of financing the costs of acquiring, constructing, equipping and furnishing a new middle school; constructing, equipping and furnishing an auditorium at Bear Lake High School; renovating and remodeling of Bear Lake High School; demolishing the existing gymnasium at Georgetown Elementary School and constructing, equipping and furnishing a new gymnasium at that site; and improvements of other district facilities and sites as funding allows.

American Falls Joint School District is asking for the approval to levy $2.75 million each year for two years for a total of $5.5 million for the purpose of paying all lawful expenses of maintaining and operating the district for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2021.