Proposed Boise School Levy: $14 Million


The Boise School Board already knew that it needed to ask voters to approve a supplemental levy to help fund the district's 2012-2013 budget. But Monday night, the board of trustees was told the recommended amount: $14 million.

Before deciding to move forward with the levy, trustees had asked district administration to cut as much as possible from the budget. But Coby Dennis, secondary school director for the Timberline and Borah areas, reported Monday that any additional cuts would "negatively impact student programs, class size and the ability to manage the district."

"We have reached the critical point where we cannot continue to cut the district's budget and at the same time continue the same high level of quality educational programs expected by our students and our community," said Dennis.

The proposed $14 million levy will be put to voters on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. If approved the five-year levy could cost the average homeowner approximately $7 per month (based on an average home value of $165,000).

The board of trustees is expected to formally decide on the levy amount at its next meeting on Monday, Sept. 12.