NAMPA — Nampa Schools’ April 27 supplemental levy election would raise $3.26 million in two years. The levy would not raise property taxes because the district already has a $1.5 million levy that expires in June.
The district is working to identify $5.2 million in budget reductions after the Idaho Legislature cut school budgets this year. If the levy does not pass, the district would need to cut an additional $1.5 million, or $6.7 million total.
If the levy fails to get a simple majority of voters, property taxes would go down.
The Nampa School Board decided in February to increase the levy to $1.63 million per year or $3.26 million over a two-year period. This is the most it could levy at this time without raising the tax rate, according to the school district.
Supplemental levies can be spent on general operations that cover a wide range of expenses such as textbooks, maintenance, supplies and equipment.
Voting for the levy is from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Centennial, Endeavor, Owyhee, Reagan and Willow Creek elementary schools. District patrons who need to register can do so at the district office by bringing photo identification and proof of address such as a utility bill.
Absentee voting continues through April 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the district office at 619 S. Canyon St.
Community offers ideas for budget cutting
The Nampa School District asked patrons, business leaders, community members, parents and employees to submit ideas about how to cut the district’s budget. It received more than 700 responses. District officials are sorting through the suggestions but, according to district spokeswoman Allison Westfall, they fall into 11 categories:
- Reduce or streamline district-level operations
- Close or change use of schools and district buildings
- Reduce utility costs
- Reduce busing costs
- Reduce materials and services purchased
- Eliminate or reduce professional development
- Outsource services
- Eliminate, reduce or reassign staff
- Reduce pay or reduce work days
- Reduce or restructure benefits and insurance
- Eliminate or reduce student programs