A measure to pump millions into the Kuna Joint School District passed Tuesday night with 53 percent of the votes.
In all, 2,533 people voted to pass the levy, which gives the district $3.19 million per year for the next two years. It was a narrow victory, with 2,272 votes against the levy.
Voters approved the supplemental levy, which is a continuation of the Kuna school district's current levy that runs out at the end of June.
Backers of the measure say the increased funding - totaling a full 11 percent of the district's budget - will help offset problems caused by a $9.4 million drop in state dollars over the last five years. They say those dollars will go toward operating the schools in the district, as well as maintaining smaller class sizes and preserving programs at the district's schools.
Back in March, the Kuna Superintendent told us without the levy, there could be cuts to school days and programs, along with an increase in fees for some activities.
Wednesday morning, Superintendent Wendy Johnson said is happy about the results, but committed to finding ways to improve the budgeting process.
We're excited about the results of the election, but that doesn't mean our work to continue to find ways to be conservative in our district (is over). That work will continue. It constantly does, said Johnson in a phone interview with KTVB.
But those who voted against the levy took a different view. Some worry the measure means school district leaders will continue spending money in ways it shouldn't.
We just continue to throw money at the, at problems but not actually address or look for a cure to the problem itself, said Michael Law, a Kuna school board member.
Kuna leaders told us this levy will not increase property taxes.