School elections are Tuesday. There’s been a lot of controversy in Bonneville School District 93. Just over $56 million is needed to build a new high school to help with over crowding.
People on the “no” side are concerned about money being spent responsibly. D-93 isn’t the only district having bond and levy elections Tuesday, but in other school districts they aren’t as controversial.
The others are more focused on getting money to help maintain and fix schools.
“tomorrow I bet we’ll have right around 100 districts in Idaho with supplemental levies and there’s only 115, so it’s not like every place is different,” said Sugar Salem School District Superintendent Alan Dunn.
The Sugar Salem School District is looking for $450,000 over two years. Taxes will go up if passed about $88 per $100,000 on assessed properties. The money would be used to fix things they can’t afford otherwise.
“Some parking lots repaired, we need roof repairs done, we need repairs to heating systems,” said Dunn.
Other schools in the area need a levy for similar reasons. Ririe is looking for a two year supplemental levy of $385,000 per year- that would not increase taxes.
South Lemhi needs a plant facilities levy that would be $20,000 a year for ten years. That would increase taxes. They’d go up $8.57s per year per $100,000.
Butte County is going for a $330,000 bond that would not increase taxes.
And Preston’s school district needs a $900,000 plant facility levy every year for five years. Taxes would not go up.
“Nobody says they don’t like what we’re spending the money on- that I’ve talked to, that I can remember- most people say that they want to be supportive our school district,” Dunn said. “People’s biggest concern is the money being spent responsibly.”
There’s also an election for Grace and North Gem school districts. The vote there is on consolidating into one district.
In addition to Bonneville County’s Bond, you can also vote on board members.