The future of a community college in the Treasure Valley will be decided on May 22, when the question of whether to create a special taxing district goes before voters in Ada and Canyon counties.
If approved, the new district would support the school by levying an additional tax on all property within the district. Project supporters say no more than $4 million would be collected each year --roughly $11.39 per $100,000 of assessed value--but state law allows for up to .16 percent of the market value, or about $160 per $100,000, to be assessed.
Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, and voters can head to their usual precinct polling locations. If you're not sure where to vote, visit www.idahovotes.com to find out.
When voters reach the polls, they will be faced with the following question: "With the boards of county commissioners of Ada and Canyon Counties, having entered respective orders calling for a special election after receiving approval of the State Board of Education for the formation of a community college district, to be known as the College of Western Idaho District, located within the boundaries of Ada and Canyon Counties, hereby submit the question to the voters of Ada and Canyon Counties as to whether or not the community college district should be formed."
A "yes" vote supports the creation of the taxing district, while a "no" vote means community college supporters will have to head back to the drawing board.