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BOISE - On Tuesday, March 13th, polls will open for a special election to determine whether or not voters will support more than 17 school district levies across southwest Idaho. While some of these levies are new, others are renewals of district bonds already on the books.

As a general rule, polls across the region will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for registered voters, and folks who haven't yet registered to vote can do so at most polling locations. It's also important to point out that Idaho's recent voter re-districting efforts have changed many polling locations for voters.Those in doubt of where to vote should be sure to contact their county's elections office.

For the full details pertaining to your district's specific levy, please see KTVB's list of counties and school districts below.

Tuesday 3/13 UPDATE:

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, KTVB has received several calls from viewers reporting confusion over where to vote in Ada County. Please be advised that Ada County officials have asked voters to call the county's elections office at 287-6860 for exact polling locations. This is due to Idaho's recent voter re-districting efforts.

Ada County
* For questions regarding polling locations please contact the Ada County elections office at 287-6860

Boise School District
Levy amount: $14 million for 5 years
Money use: maintaining class sizes, programming
District levy information website

Meridian Schools
Levy amount: $14 million for 2 years
This equals $115/year tax hike per $100,000 taxable home value
Money use: restore 9 school days, teacher pay, replace current $4 million levy
District levy information website

Canyon County

* For questions regarding polling locations please see the Canyon County polling places list (PDF)

Nampa School District
Levy amount: $3.58 million for 2 years, part of the levy is continuation of previously passed levy
This portion would increase by $65.14/year per $100,000 taxable home value
Money use: general fund for current programs, new reading curriculum and classroom technology
District levy information (PDF)

Caldwell School District
Levy amount: $2.75 million for 2 years
The district is currently refinancing a portion of its construction bonds, district officials say homeowners should not see an increase in taxes
Money use: Maintaining physical operations and programs such as athletics and music
District levy brochure (PDF)

Middleton School District
Levy amount: $1,060,000 for 2 years
Money use: maintaining current programs
District levy information (PDF)

Vallivue School District
Levy amount: $4.5 million for 2 years
Money use: maintaining current operations/programs
District levy information (PDF)

Notus School District
Levy amount: COSSA levy is up to 0.1% of entire school district value, which in 2011, $67,777,000, school plant facilities levy is up to 0.4% of district value
Amount paid by property owners would change each year based on district value
Officials do not anticipate an increase from what people pay currently
Money use: COSSA levy is for specific programs (special ed and professional technical programs); plant facilities levy can go toward buildings, grounds and buses

Boise County
* Polling will be conducted at the Horseshoe Bend courthouse annex located at 383 Highway 55

Horseshoe Bend School District
Levy amount: $250,000 for 2 years
Money use: school programming, maintaining class size, covering projected deficit for fiscal year 2012-13
District levy information website


Washington County
* For questions regarding polling locations, please see the Washington County polling places list

Weiser School District
Levy amount: 350,000 per year for two years.
Money use: replacing HVAC systems and older classrooms, preserving five teaching positions, and paying for extra-curricular activity transportation

Owyhee County and Elmore County
* For questions regarding polling locations, please see the Owyhee County polling places list.
* For questions regarding polling locations, please see the Elmore County polling places list.

Bruneau-Grandview School District
Levy amount: $425,000 per year for two years
Money use: maintaining current programs and staff, purchasing new computers
District letter to patrons regarding the levy


Payette County
* Polling locations are as follows:
Fruitland-Community Center - 209 Iowa Ave, Fruitland
New Plymouth Assembly of God - 4025 Hwy 30, New Plymouth
New Plymouth LDS Church - 521 S Plymouth Ave, New Plymouth
First Baptist Church - 204 E Elm St, New Plymouth

New Plymouth School District
Levy amount: $350,000 per year for two years, which is a renewal of the previous levy
Money use: according to the district, these funds will be used so the district does not have to further increase the number of furlough days (3 at present), reduce staff and thereby increase class sizes, eliminate programs, or some combination of these or other cuts

Lewis, Boise and Nez Perce Counties

* For questions regarding polling locations or to get more information on the levy, please see the District's website.

Highland School District
Levy amount: $429,000
Money use: for facilites maintenance

Twin Falls County
* For questions regarding polling locations, please see the Twin Falls polling places list .

Hansen School District
Levy amount: $190,000 for one year
Money use: for teacher and staff salaries and benefits and general operating expenses
District levy information website

Kimberly School District
Levy amount: $300,000
Money use: please see the Kimberly School District Supplemental levy handout

Murtaugh School District
Levy amount: $150,000 per year, for two years
Money use: for teacher and staff salaries and benefits and general operating expenses

Joint School District 261 and 331
*The polling locations for these school districts are split over portions of Jerome, Lincoln, Gooding, Cassia, and Minidoka counties
For a list of polling locations in Cassia County, please call (208) 878-1767

School District 261
Levy amount: $650,000 for one year
Money use: money from this levy will fund a large portion of the district's operating budget and allow current programs to continue.
District levy information website

School District 331
Levy amount: $1.2 million per year, for two years
Money use: staffing, long range facilities plan
District levy information website.

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