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Tuesday elections: West Ada, Middleton run repeat levies

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Posted at 11:50 AM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 13:50:22-04

This article was written by Kevin Richert with Idaho Education News.

For two Treasure Valley districts, Tuesday is a repeat election day.

The districts will take a second shot at passing supplemental levies that failed this spring.

West Ada will seek to renew a two-year, $28 million levy. The money would go toward maintaining staff positions and school calendar days. Passing the levy would help stave off other possible cuts, such as leaving 10 certified jobs and 10 classified jobs unfilled, and allow the state’s largest district to keep its $27 million budget reserve intact.

The levy accounts for about 5 percent of West Ada’s annual budget.

The levy received 46 percent support in the spring, falling shy of the simple majority needed to pass.

Tuesday will be an eventful day in West Ada. Trustees are scheduled to meet that evening to decide whether to open schools to students or begin the year with online learning. The first day of school is Sept. 8.

Click here for information on West Ada polling places.

Middleton is seeking $3 million over two years. The district says the levy would help reverse some of the budget cuts approved earlier this summer, and scale back student athletic fees.

The levy received 48 percent support in the spring.

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