BW Video Preview: School Districts Facing Their Own 'Fiscal Cliff'


This morning, Idaho lawmakers began to examine options in the wake of the overturning of the Luna Laws.

Meanwhile, one key stakeholder—Karen Echeverria, executive director of the Idaho School Boards Association—told Boise Weekly that the issue may be more urgent than many Idahoans may suspect.

"A series of payments go out to school districts and the next one is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 1," Echeverria told BW.

Echeverria explained that the approximately $30 million that she said was "left on the table" will not be included in payments to school districts.

"We don't want that going toward business personal property taxes. We want that to go to school districts," she said. "Many schools will have to wait until May 1 or maybe we try to get another payment somehow. To a school district like Meridian, that's something like $5 million and that's a huge cash flow."

In Wednesday's edition of Boise Weekly, we sit down with Echeverria to talk about the new "cliff" that districts are facing Feb. 1, as well as ISBA's tenuous relationships with districts across the Gem State.

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