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‘It’s never failed to pass’: School District 25 hoping levy passes again

Courtney Fisher
Courtney Fisher, School District 25's communications director, explains the importance of the levy at the Pocatello Elks Lodge.

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Since 1961, when it was put in place, the Pocatello-Chubbuck School District's school plant facilities levy has never failed to pass. This year, the district is hoping to keep the streak alive.

The levy, which comes to a vote every ten years, helps the school district with security, safety, equipment and the upkeep and maintenance of nearly $250 million in assets, according to Courtney Fisher, the district's communications director.

"Those assets include 28 buildings, 1.6 million square feet of building space, 205 acres of grass, 16 miles of sidewalks, so you can see that this levy is all-encompassing and very comprehensive of the entire school district," she said.

Though failure is not part of the levy's past, Fisher says it would be a major loss to the district if it failed, decreasing the number of programs the district can offer and hurting their ability to maintain and improve facilities.

"The school plant facilities levy makes up about 6-7% of the school district's annual budget," Fisher said. "So, if you consider that -- just even considering your own household budget and having to trim 6-7% -- based on those cuts that you have to make, yes, it would have a huge impact.”

If passed, the levy would cost homeowners about $141 per $100,000 of taxable value, an increase of about $14 per year or $1.10 per month.

The vote will be on March 10. Early voting began yesterday and will run through March 6.

More information about the levy can be found here.

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Max Cohan

Max is a reporter for Local News 8 and KIDK Eyewitness News 3.

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  1. Do people find it strange that this vote is in a few weeks and this is the first article I have seen about the vote to raise taxes?
    I’m sure all the kids have brought home numerous pieces of propaganda from the district to get their parents to vote yes and threatening all sorts of doomsday actions if it fails.
    This non-info to the voting public is how many of these increased are passed!
    And the news agencies are complicit with these actions to hold back the info for as long as they can.
    And now, a few weeks before, a short, non-informative article about WHY it is needed, is printed in an online website.

    Due to this tactic, this guy will vote no. Probably means nothing, but if it had been advertised for months, I would vote yes.

    Read this school board….I can’t be the only person upset about these kept quiet school votes.

    1. Yeah, but you’ve gotta admit, the whole “Though failure is not part of the levy’s past, Fisher says it would be a major loss to the district if it failed, decreasing the number (of) programs the district can offer and hurting their ability to maintain and improve facilities.” is a pretty good ‘veiled threat’, isn’t it? An old STANDBY, but still….pretty good. 😉

  2. They, being school districts, libraries, etc., ALWAYS threaten. I just talked to the woman across the street with three kids (two in school, one starting next year), and yes, she has received info on this a month or two ago. Says she hopes it passes, but was honest enough to say she ONLY votes in major elections in November. I have to check and see what else is on the ballot and I may just stay home and watch Netflix. 🙂

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