Voters to decide on funding requests, leadership positions

Several levies and seats on boards are up for election next week.

BOISE - In just a week voters will head to the polls to vote on funding issues and other district races.

There are a variety of requests on ballots across the region that include everything from school levies to races for leadership positions on school boards and highway districts.

Vallivue School District is asking voters to pass two levies. One is a supplemental levy which would allow the district to raise up to $4.5 million each year for two years. This type of levy is for academics and curriculum updates.

The other is a plant facilities levy to cover school maintenance needs. Vallivue School District already has one, but it’s about to run out. Under the current levy, they’ve been able to raise up to $1 million each year, but the district wants to bring that up to $2 million per year for 10 years.

District officials said these levies are needed to maintain their growing school district.

"We've literally doubled in the past 10 years,” Joey Palmer, director of district programs for Vallivue School District, said.

The district tried to win approval of the plant facilities levy in March. It got more than 61 percent of the vote, but didn’t get the super-majority needed to pass. 

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"This time around in May, we're making sure everybody knows May 16th everyone is welcome to come out and vote," Palmer said.

Meanwhile in Boise, four candidates are running for two open director seats on the Greater Boise Auditorium District Board. As Boise grows, some of the big issues they will take on include overseeing the Boise Centre and the fate of a proposed mixed-use stadium.

Another ballot issue, the Marsing Rural Fire District is asking voters to pass a permanent $315,000 budget increase. The current budget is $73,000.

“It's pretty impossible to operate what we have here on that budget," Jim Bower, the chairman of the board of directors for the fire department, said.

As the area starts to develop, Bower said they need the funds to build and equip a substation, provide more training to their firefighters and keep up with maintenance. He also said one day the department will have to transition from a volunteer program to full time positions, and that this budget increase the first step.

"Given the demographics of the whole area it's time to ask for a permanent increase," he said.

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