PAYETTE, Idaho — Voters in Payette County have overwhelmingly rejected a $31 million funding request that would have paid for a major overhaul of the aging Payette High School.
Tuesday's bond request required a supermajority, or 66.67 percent approval, but it failed to meet even a simple majority of 50 percent. With results still unofficial, just 49 percent of the 1146 voters approved the request.
District officials told KTVB that they had planned to use the money to essentially rebuild the nearly 60-year-old Payette High School. In addition adding more classrooms, the rebuild would have included a new gym and an auditorium.
If the request had passed, homeowners in the district would have seen their taxes increase by $22.00 a month for a home assessed at $150,000 with a homeowner's deduction.
Also in the Payette School District, voters approved a 2-year, $700,000 levy for the New Plymouth School District.