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BOISE--Voters in Ada and Canyon counties will be asked to approve millions in funding for local school districts next week.

Statewide, polls will open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11.

On the table: major levies for the Caldwell, Kuna, Meridian, Middleton, Nampa, and Vallivue school districts.

  • The Caldwell School District will ask voters to approve a two-year, $2.75 million levy
  • The Kuna School District will ask voters to approve a two-year, $3.19 million levy
  • The Meridian School District will ask voters to approve a two-year, $14 million levy
  • The Middleton School District will ask voters to approve two-year, $1.31 million levy
  • The Nampa School District will ask voters to approve a two-year, $3.39 million levy
  • The Vallivue School District will ask voters to approve a two-year, $4.5 million levy.

Ada County voter information here.
Canyon County voter information here.

HOWWILLTHISAFFECTMYTAXES?

Caldwell's proposed levy would renew an existing levy for the same amount at the same tax rate. According to the district, that's approximately $224.25 per year for a home with a taxable value of $100,000.

Kuna's proposed levy would renew an existing levy for the same amount at the same tax rate. According to the district, that's approximately $365 per year for a home with a taxable value of $100,000.

Meridian's proposed levy would renew an existing levy for the same amount at a slightly lower tax rate. The continuation of this supplemental levy would drop from $115 to $107 for a home with a taxable value of $100,000. The current tax bill for all levies is $407 per year for a home with a taxable value of $100,000.

Middleton's existing supplemental levy of $1.06 million has been in place for the past 11 years. The current ten-year plant facilities levy expires in 2013. The new levy combines both existing levies for a tax rate of $201.80 per year for a home with taxable value of $100,000.

Nampa's proposed levy would renew and increase a previous levy of $1.2 million per year for two years to $3.39 million per year for two years. The current levy rate would increase from $50 per year for a home with a taxable value of $100,000 to $100 per year.

Vallivue's proposed levy would renew a previous supplemental levy of $4.5 million passed in 2010. The district also recently passed a separate $50 million levy for the construction of a new high school. The current levy rate, which isn't set to increase, is approximately $251 for a home with a taxable value of $100,000.

BENEFITSVS. CONSEQUENCES

According to district staff, Caldwell's levy would allow the district to continue normal school and district operations. The district would suffer a 10 percent budget shortfall if the levy isn't renewed.

Kuna's levy would allow the district to continue funding 52 district positions, keep 6 school calendar days, keep school supply budgets, and eliminate a number of student charges, such as pay-for-play sports fees. These budget items could be threatened if the levy isn't renewed.

Nampa's levy will restore five in-school days and 9 training and preparation days cut in the 2014 school year. The levy would also enable the district to hire 25 teachers to help reduce class sizes, pay for an audit to make sure the budget stays on track, and update technology and curriculum.

Staff at the Meridian School District say the current supplemental levy was used to restore 9 school days to both the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years. The remainder was used to hire teachers and other employees. These budget items could be threatened if the levy does not pass.

Middleton's levy has traditionally paid for expenses not funded by the state, including student athletics, gifted and talented programs, school nurses, librarians, school resource officers, a percentage of student transportation, utilities, and additional staffing dollars. If the levy doesn't pass, the district will have to find ways to cut or reduce these programs.

The Vallivue levy accounts for about 13-percent of the district's operating budget, according to staff. The money would be used to maintain class sizes, continue student activities, provide supplies, textbooks, and technology upgrades. The levy would aslo help pay for sports, dance, band, debate, orchestra, and advanced placement and other enrichment activities,

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