Upcoming West Ada and Middleton school district levies

Posted at 1:41 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 15:41:46-04

The West Ada School District continues to grow at a rapid pace. As a result, the district will ask voters on May 19 to renew a two-year, $14 million per year supplemental levy.

"The value of the property in West Ada increases so rapidly, about 60 percent because of new construction," said Eric Exline, Public Information Officer for West Ada School District. "When we had this same amount, $14 million in 2012, it was $91 per $100,000. This year, it is $54."

If approved, the levy will cover operational costs that support the district's current programs, school days and teacher-to-student ratios. The May 19 election will be held through mail-in voting.

The Middleton School District trustees are asking voters, for the second time, to approve a supplemental levy for the district. The levy is $1.5 million for the next two years.

The previous levy on March 10 failed, meaning the current one will expire soon. The superintendent says without the levy, the Middleton School District will consider some less favorable changes, such as a pay freeze, reducing staff and possibly a four day school week. Students also might have to pay for extracurricular activities.

However, the superintendent says even if the new levy passes, cuts still need to be made as she reports the district has been overspending in the past few years.