Kuna voters denied a fire district levy, rejected a library district levy, and elected Barbara “Barb” Powell as a library board trustee.

Voters in both counties rejected a permanent annual levy increase of $1.1 million for Kuna Rural Fire District by 62.6%. It needed a nearly 67% approval vote to pass.

“I’m disappointed and feel bad for all those that worked so hard to get this passed because they are truly dedicated to the service they provide to the community,” Kuna fire chief Perry Palmer said

Residents in Ada County voted 64.1% in favor — 1,070 yes votes and 599 votes against. In Canyon County the vote was 40 in favor and 65 against.

The proposed levy required a nearly 67 percent, or two-thirds majority, combined approval from voters in both counties to pass.

The goal of the levy increase was to add personnel and replace and repair vehicles and equipment.

Voters denied a 10-year, $450,000-per-year plant facilities levy for the Kuna Library District. The levy received a 45.1% percent approval of the needed 55% yes vote. Residents in Ada County voted with 823 in favor and 842 against. In Canyon County the vote was 59 in favor and 232 against.

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The goal of the levy was to expand the library’s current building to allow more rooms and space for materials like books and games, among other things.

Powell was elected with 58.4% approval, or 882 yes votes, to a four-year term on the Kuna Library board of trustees to finish the term of a previous trustee who resigned.

Powell said her top three priorities are

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  • More Fit & Fall Proof classes for seniors
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  • Promote existing library programs
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  • Keep patrons of all ages coming to the library

Ada County voters selected Powell with a 58.1% approval vote. In Canyon County the approval vote was 58.9%.

Marie Leavitt and Joan Gidney each ran uncontested for six-year term seats.

Alx Stevens is the reporter for Kuna Melba News. Contact her at 208-922-3008 or editor@kunamelba.com.

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