Voters to cast ballots for school levies today

Voters to cast ballots for school levies today

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by Andrea Lutz

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Posted on August 27, 2013 at 7:38 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 27 at 9:27 AM

CANYON COUNTY -- A handful of southern Idaho school districts will hold levy elections Tuesday. They include districts in Canyon County, Gem County, and Cassia County.

Emmett
$1.4 million levy per year, for two years

Homedale
$484,000 supplemental levy for two years

Middleton
The district will hold a do-over election

Parma
Facilities levy in the amount of $250,000 to be renewed

Cassia school district
Plant Facilities Levy in the amount of $850,000.

Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Are you curious about where to vote? Click here.

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Meanwhile on Monday, the Canyon County Elections Office made sure things were ready to go for the big day.

“Before every election that we run no matter how large or small, we do a logic and accuracy test,” said Canyon County Elections Administrator Brad Jackson.

Jackson says that this is done so the public can see how the ballot tabulators operate.

On Monday, KTVB was also there when the tabulators were tested.

In May, some Middleton voters were given incorrect ballots, so Tuesday's election will be a do over.

“There was an irregularity in that we had some voters misassigned by trustee zone,” said Jackson.

School Trustee candidates Marc Gunning and Steve Cluff were left in a tie, but Jackson believes that won't happen again.

PARMA

In addition to that, the Parma School District is asking for a facilities levy in the amount of $250,000 to be renewed.

Superintendent of Parma Schools Jim Norton said this time it will go to repairs like the football stadium, tennis courts and replace aging buses.

“We have passed this levy every 10 years since '74 so, but I still don’t take it for granted,” said Norton.

HOMEDALE

Also, the Homedale School District is asking voters to say "yes" to a $484,000 supplemental levy a year, for two years. The district will use it to pay for general operation of the schools.

EMMETT

While in Emmett, a leaky high school roof needs to be fixed and teacher positions need to be restored.

Voters will be asked to approve a levy for $1.4 million a year for two years, but this is the same levy that failed in May.

While Emmett Superintendent of Schools Wayne Rush knows not everyone wants to pay for an increase in taxes, he says that the students need it.

“Certainly we need to be more efficient but there is a point where we have to support our kids,” said Rush.

For this particular election, Jackson says the turnout could be slim, but as usual people are responsive to voting absentee.

“We see a real good participation there, and yes it does give people an opportunity, if they're traveling outside of the area to still participate," Jackson said.

They sent out 200 absentee votes, all have come back in Parma and Homedale, and Jackson said 147 of the 170 absentee ballots have been mailed back in Middleton.

CASSIA COUNTY

Happening in the Magic Valley, the Cassia School District is asking voters for a Plant Facilities Levy in the amount of $850,000.

Polls will be open on Tuesday, August 27 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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