CWI, Meridian bonds fail on election night

Posted at 7:38 AM, Nov 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-09 15:03:58-05

Voters in Ada County had a number of bonds to weigh in on Tuesday night at the polls.

All three needed a two-thirds majority to pass.

Two involved new facilities in Meridian.  

One would have provided $20 million dollars for two indoor aquatic centers, one at Eagle and Amity and another at Black Cat and Chinden.  51 percent of voters were in favor of the bond, but it did not reach the required two-thirds so it failed.

A second bond would have provided $12 million to build two new libraries in Meridian.  Those would have also been built at the corner of Eagle and Amity and Black Cat and Chinden.  Again, nearly 60 percent of voters were in favor, but the bond failed when it didn't reach a two-thirds majority.

And finally, voters in both Ada and Canyon Counties were called on to decide on a $180 million bond for the College of Western Idaho.  The bond would have paid for an expansion of the school's campus in Nampa as well as the construction of a permanent campus in Boise.  In Ada County almost 60 percent of voters voted in favor, but again, that did not meet the required two-thirds majority.  Results out of Canyon County were somewhat delayed overnight, but the latest numbers provided, with 43 of 64 precincts reporting, show 51 percent in favor, not enough to pass.