While the 2013 Idaho Legislature considers a 2.2 percent increase in public school funding for the 2013-2014 school year, education administrators throughout the state will turn to voters Tuesday, asking to supplement their current spending plans.
Perhaps the most dire situation in the region is in the Nampa School District, which is asking taxpayers to approve a $4.3 million levy. The Nampa School Board unearthed a $4.3 million shortfall in 2012, when it discovered that bad accounting practices had double budgeted stimulus money. The mess resulted in resignations and voluntary furloughs from Nampa teachers.
The Middleton School District is also requesting voters' help Tuesday in a proposed continuation of a yearly plant and facilities levy of $250,000.
The Payette School District is requesting a $695,000 supplement levy, each year for the next two years.
Taxpayers in the Cascade School District are being asked to approve a new, two-year levy of $500,000 per year.
In New Meadows, the Meadows Valley School District is putting a $145,000, two-year property tax levy before voters.
School levy elections are being held Tuesday in a number of other school districts in every corner of Idaho.