UPDATE: Shoshone $6M bond does not pass for second time

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SHOSHONE, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) UPDATED STORY: In August, the Shoshone School District attempted to pass a $6 million bond that included infrastructure and safety changes to the schools.

The same bond was up for re-election in November and did not pass the two-thirds of votes needed.

On Election Day, there were 307 votes in favor of the bond and 173 against. That totals up to 64 percent of votes in favor, falling short to the 66.6 percent needed to pass the bond.

Superintendent Rob Waite of the Shoshone School District said, "Disappointed. But, we also have to remember that there's a lot of people out there in the community that worked hard to try and get this bond passed."

Waite said their next steps will be gathering input from the community, look at the results of the election and then decide where to go from there.

ORIGINAL STORY:
In August, the Shoshone School District attempted to pass a $6 million bond that included infrastructure and safety changes to the schools.

Looking into the finer details of the bond, I spoke with superintendent Rob Waite back in August then again on Tuesday.

"It will actually be less than the taxes were on the 20-year bond that we paid off a year ago, for the current building. So there's been one year where we haven't had that on. If this passes that will go back on, but it will be less than it was for the previous five years when we were paying off the current building," Waite said.

The bond did not pass.

"We had 58 percent of the people vote yes. But in Idaho you need 2/3 of the people to say yes," Waite said.

Waite and his team went back to the drawing board to make changes that would appeal to more voters to change their vote to yes or get more to the polls to vote yes. Now the planning team decided exactly what will be in the new vocational building.

"We decided to do an industrial arts program, which will allow our junior high students; some people call industrial arts shop — where you design and build projects. So this will allow our junior high students to participate in a beginning course that would then feed them into agriculture and other more detailed vocational courses," Waite said.

The irony of the revote? Residents would now pay less in taxes if the bond passes in November.

"The bond in August was going to cost a little more than $7 a month for the typical house in Shoshone which we estimate to be about worth $100,000 of assessed value. The new program will be a little over $6.50 per month," Waite said.

The vote will take place on Nov. 7 with all other local elections in Idaho.



 
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