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Voters Pass Cassia School Plant Facilities Levy

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By Jay Michaels

UPDATE: 9:45 P.M. - Voters passed the Cassia School District Plant Facilities Levy by a 60.25%.

These are the unofficial results:

Yes votes = 1158
No votes = 764

Burley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Today voters in the Cassia School District cast their ballots to decide the fate of a plant facilities levy.

The last time Mitch Goodwin heard about a school levy in Burley, he thought it would pass for sure, so he didn't bother voting. He was shocked to discover the levy failed by only six votes. He won't make that mistake with the current Cassia levy.

Goodwin says, “It was just to maintain what's going on. They have the A/C, they have things that break, and we have to pay for that. We've said we'd pay for it, and it shouldn't have failed at all. And it was probably my fault for not voting. So today I'm voting to make sure that passes.”

The Cassia School District's $13.8 million plant facilities levy will be spread over ten years. The money will help pay to keep some of the district's almost 60 buildings in good shape, and the cost to taxpayers is minimal.

Gaylen Smyer, Superintendent of Cassia Schools, says, “For $100,000 taxable value, we're estimating it to be $65.35 for the first year of the levy.”

Smyer explains the levy would help to catch up on some neglected maintenance. The district would rather keep its buildings in good shape, instead of spending more down the road to replace them.

And that's a feeling shared by members of the community like Goodwin, who only want the best for local students.

We'll have an update on this story tomorrow.

Aug. 27, 2013.


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