Boise, Meridian Districts Pass School Levies


With voter turnout at close to 30 percent, residents of the Boise Independent School District gave a passing grade to a five-year, $70 million levy Tuesday night, which suporters said was critical to maintain class sizes in the state's second-largest district. Voters also approved levy votes in Meridian and Caldwell but several other Treasure Valley communities saw levies go down to defeat.

In Boise, 20,373 voted yes while 8,177 voted no.

Voting officials with the Ada County Board of Election reported that 47 voters at a polling location in Precinct 50 were mistakenly given ballots for the Boise District instead of the Meridian District. Officials said the ballots were isolated from the counts.

In Meridian, a two-year, $28 million levy passed with 12,245 yes votes and 10,562 no votes.

In the Canyon County community of Notus, a levy lost by only one vote. A 10-year, $1.5 million facilities levy recorded 108 no votes and 107 yes votes.

Elsewhere in Canyon County, a two-year, $5.5 million levy passed, while levies were rejected in Nampa, Middleton and Vallivue.

Across Idaho, school levies were passed in the Hansen, Highland, Jerome, Kimberly, Murtaugh, New Plymouth and Weiser districts, while voters rejected a levy in Horsehoe Bend