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Most School Districts Get Thumbs Up For Their Money Requests

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By Paul Johnson

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - Tuesday’s election was all about the school bonds and levies.
In Twin Falls county alone voters voiced their opinion on five levies and two bonds. The final results are in.

The Twin Falls school district passed a general obligation bond for nearly $74-million over the next 25 years. It required a supermajority vote of 67% to pass.

Heading to Buhl where the school district asked voters to pass a supplemental levy $400 thousand over the next two years. Voters approved- with 72% in favor.

In the cassia joint school district voters decided on a nearly $775-thousand supplemental levy for over 2 years which passed 75% to 25%.

Moving on to Castleford joint school district a two year, $400-thousand supplemental levy passed, 74% to 26%.

Folks in the filer school district had a $500-thousand supplemental levy, spanning two years, to decide on. It passed, nearly 80% of voters approving.

Heading east to Kimberly the school district hoped voters would pass a two year, $300-thousand supplemental levy. Good news for the district- with 69% of voters in favor to 31% against.

And, finally in Murtaugh the school district asked for a general obligation bond $5.4 million dollars over thirty years. It passed 75% to 25%.

Of all the levies and bonds on the ballot across southern Idaho the Twin Falls school district general obligation bond was the largest.
Voters approved the construction of three new schools.

The $73.8 million bond just barely passed last night, needing a super majority to win.
Supporters were on pins and needles until 10 p-m, as results from the last few precincts trickled in.
The 25-year bond covers two new elementary schools, a middle school and upgrades to Canyon Ridge and Twin Falls high schools.
Now that the bond passed, the school district can start the planning phase.

"We are going to start working with the architects to go into the design phase and there's going to be many opportunities for community input and so we and to make sure that these schools are really what the community wants. And so we'll begin a process now to design the schools and move forward with all of the promises we made to the community."

Unofficial results reveal Twin Falls County had a 20% voter turnout.

Turning our attention to Jerome where the school district looked to voters for a 25 year nearly $24-million general obligation bond. It passed 70% to 30%.

It will go towards remodeling the high school, middle school and elementary schools.
$18-million of the bond will go towards Jerome high school.
This will help improve the cafeteria and relocation of the main office.
Superintendent Dale Layne says this is just the beginning of the process.
"With the bond passing the work now begins as far as planning more, specifically because right now we just have conceptual plans working with architects, going out for bids for construction and those kinds of things so there is a lot of work that will go out front before the actual construction will happen."
In Gooding County the Wendell school district asked voters to pass a $3.1 general obligation bond. It failed. The bond needed a supermajority to win and didn't get it. Only 53% of voters were in favor.


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