As this edition of Boise Weekly heads to press, Idaho's first Super Tuesday caucus has yet to happen, though by the time this thing hits stands on Wednesday morning, the GOP vote and Ron Paul's Super Tuesday Idaho camp will be nothing but a memory. Next week, though, I'll write something similar.
As the Wednesday, March 14, paper gets inked, some Idahoans will be hitting the polls to vote on levies that would help put monies in their local school district's coffers. And by the time the paper hits stands, we'll know whether Ada County voters in Boise and Meridian approved levies of $70 million and $28 million respectively.
When Meridian voters shot down an $18.5 million levy in May 2011, voter turnout was dismal and failure to reach the two-thirds supermajority "yes" threshold forced the district to cut school days, institute pay-to-play extracurricular activities and increase class sizes this year. All of those factors, some say, could have increased voter awareness enough that parents who have been affected by this year's cuts will be motivated to turn out in support of the two-year levy.
In Boise, the campaign in support of the levy has been a well organized effort with a public awareness campaign, while the levy's detractors have been a vocal contingent. The sheer volume and content of the letters to the editor BW received could serve as an indication of the number of parents who are not only aware of the Tuesday, March 13, vote but who are actively engaged in helping it pass.
In News this week, we give you the Boise School District levy by the numbers. How much it is, how much it will cost you, and what that money will do. Your task: Just go out and vote.
In A&E news, New Media Czar Josh Gross is on the road with local band Finn Riggins en route to SXSW, where a Boise showcase will, no doubt, knock the socks off festival goers in Austin, Texas. He'll be reporting like a mad man on Cobweb. Log onto boiseweekly.com and click on the SXSW button for all things SXSW and the Treefort Music Fest after-party.