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Three of four levies pass

Coeur d'Alene measure receives 66.2 percent approval

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Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - The Coeur d'Alene School District's general operating fund will continue to be propped up by $12.9 million in local property taxes for each of the next two years.

Voters on Tuesday passed a two-year supplemental maintenance and operations levy of $14.3 million in the first year and $12.9 million the second year.

The measure was approved by 66.2 percent of the 5,529 votes cast. There were 1,870 ballots cast opposing the levy. Passage required a simple majority, more than 50 percent of the votes.

"Because levies seem to be routine, and our community is so supportive, I hope that people don't think we take it for granted," said Superintendent Hazel Bauman. "I know our taxpayers are making sacrifices to support our schools, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart."

The bulk of the levy replaces an expiring levy passed by voters in 2011. It will provide $25.8 million for school district operations and maintenance over the course of two years, and in the first year, an additional $1.4 million for increased building safety and security.

By approving the levy, voters agreed to continue to be taxed $1.87 per $1,000 of taxable assessed property value. For the average homeowner, with a $200,000 home, that translates into $222.72 per year. They have been paying this amount since 2011.

Voters also agreed to a one-year tax hike. The $1.4 million in security enhancements will raise the levy rate from $1.87 to $2.08 for one year. The owner of a $200,000 home's tax bill will go up by $24.80 for the first year of the levy only.

The funds for increased student and teacher safety represent one-time capital expenditures to shore up security in and around the district's school buildings. The decision to ask taxpayers to support the safety enhancements was made following the mass school shooting that took place in Connecticut in December.

Voter-approved supplemental levies are in place in districts throughout Idaho, and are used to fill the gaps between state funding and the cost of running school districts. They must be approved by voters every two years.

Coeur d'Alene School District voters have long supported supplemental maintenance and operations levies, passing one every other year since 1984.

The funds from these supplemental levies can only be used to support a school district's maintenance and operations costs. They cannot be used to build or make major renovations to school facilities, so districts must ask taxpayers to support other ballot measures if they need to go into debt to finance buildings.

The funds from the $32.7 million bond Coeur d'Alene voters passed last Aug. 28 can only be used on the building projects for which it was requested. No part of those funds can be used on any school operations costs.

Levy dollars pay for basic education needs no longer supported by state and federal funds; student transportation; the existing school resource officers, not including any new SROs proposed to be added; crossing guards, classroom and playground aides; additional support for high-achieving and struggling learners; computer hardware and software; and maintenance and repair of schools and district buildings.

"The substantial margin by which the levy passed shows a strong vote of confidence for the way we're educating kids in School District 271. We have a great school district," said Trustee Tom Hamilton.

The school district still faces a budget shortfall expected to be between $2 million and $3 million.

Wendell Wardell, the school district's chief operating officer, said they will know the exact amount that needs to be cut from next year's budget once they find out how much the district's state appropriation will be.

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  • bionic man posted at 5:43 pm on Thu, Mar 14, 2013.

    bionic man Posts: 347

    If it was required that 50% of registered voters had to approve the school levy's, how many do you think would show up???? It was already proven that there was less than 8% that participated. Figure school employees and the enticement of free food, etc. by the school district.....These levy's would have never passed.

    Time changes all and I love the pathetic comments from mainly district employees, and a few of those that are supported by the taxpayers. Breed & greed is the motto of the school districts. You can all pay the excessive wages to the BS administration and let the teachers/students suffer. THAT'S WHERE THE LEVY MONEY GOES. Think I'm full of BS, track the expenditures, the raises, etc. that go to anywhere else other than education.

    Have a good day people...your yes vote will come and bite you in the " A ."

     
  • greyhound2 posted at 11:37 am on Thu, Mar 14, 2013.

    greyhound2 Posts: 789

    If the ballot measure was placed on a normal election date in November, District employees and the PTA would have less of a chance to stuff the ballot box. There was nothing unknown in March that wasn't known in November. No comment on results, only that the outcome would be legitimate.

     
  • iamabloggernow posted at 11:23 pm on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    iamabloggernow Posts: 1

    With the CDA levy having an approval (yes votes) by over 66%, it just goes to show how out of touch this small town newspapers and the majority of those who interact in its blogs and polls are out of touch with the community they live in. With its poll showing only a 36% approval the day of the election, perhaps the CDA press should add + or - 30 margin of error to all of its poll. My first thought after seeing the results was to check the blogs for all the conspirators to unite in cries of corruption, fixes, Illuminati, etc.
    Lastly, I do find it entertaining to read all of you yahoos who blog on here; however, I have learned to just scroll pass anything with Wherley attached to it--too long winded. Most of the rest make for a good chuckle. So thanks.

     
  • Humanist posted at 9:00 pm on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    Humanist Posts: 3064

    Good luck with that.

     
  • Humanist posted at 8:59 pm on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    Humanist Posts: 3064

    Quote Jullee: "One third voted against..That is a lot. "

    And two thirds is still greater than one third the last time I checked......

     
  • Humanist posted at 8:58 pm on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    Humanist Posts: 3064

    Quote bionic man: "That's about 7% of the registered voters that agree with the increase."

    And 1870 votes against the levy is roughly 3% who disagreed with the increase. And 7% is still greater than 3% so the 7% win. Again, there is no local or state election where a majority (51%) of the people actually vote, period, so your requirement of having a majority of ALL possible voters is impossible. Unless of course you are interested in making voting compulsory.

    You really need to give up this line of argument. Your logic is failing miserably.

     
  • JustMyOpinion67 posted at 8:56 pm on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    JustMyOpinion67 Posts: 40

    Hey Bio man, Perhaps you could enlighten the rest of us on how it is that the school levy voting statutes are illegal.

     
  • JustMyOpinion67 posted at 8:52 pm on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    JustMyOpinion67 Posts: 40

    Good luck getting the majority of the voters to even show up for any election. If they really cared, they would have cast a ballot. Those who don't participate in the process forfeit their right to complain if they don't like the results.

     
  • srfost posted at 8:34 pm on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    srfost Posts: 42

    You seriously wrote that?? There may be that many registered voters in Kootenai County but obviously not everyone in Kootenai County votes on the CDA school district levy. You're really just making yourself look bad here bionic.

     
  • parent posted at 6:18 pm on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    parent Posts: 347

    If you are so miserably unhappy with the way the district is run then you still have time to submit you application for trustee.

    Put up or shut up.

     
  • IdahoJoey posted at 5:24 pm on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    IdahoJoey Posts: 343

    That's how the process works. If they care, they show up and vote.

     
  • bionic man posted at 3:54 pm on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    bionic man Posts: 347

    FACT.....I'm not moving, just taking legal recourse. If I need to waste my money on something, why not the illegal voting statutes for school levy's.

     
  • bionic man posted at 3:49 pm on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    bionic man Posts: 347

    Just got the info from the county......

    There are 67896 registered voters in Kootenai County. Roughly 4800 voted yes on the levy's. That's about 7% of the registered voters that agree with the increase.

    Any of you tell me now that the majority agrees with increased property taxes. The majority does not count by the people that were able to make it to the polls. If these levy's were legal, over 35000 people would have voted yes. As I said before......school levy's are fixed.

    Elections to vote a person into or out of office is one thing. Elections to increase fees/taxes should be by a majority vote of all registered voters.

    And people wonder why our taxes continually rise........

     
  • IdahoJoey posted at 2:43 pm on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    IdahoJoey Posts: 343

    I cannot wait for the much anticipated sour grapes election coming this November. Just WAIT until you see what they have to say when the current City Board members retain their jobs. I can hear the ranting and raving already.

     
  • IdahoJoey posted at 2:41 pm on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    IdahoJoey Posts: 343

    Actually, 100% of registered voters did vote in this election. A majority of those who went to the polls said "yes". A minority of those who went to the polls said "no". The rest of the voters said "I don't care, whatever the majority of those who do care want is fine with me".

    So just quit your incessant whining bionic.

     
  • IdahoJoey posted at 2:37 pm on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    IdahoJoey Posts: 343

    Fact . . . . . The election was legally conducted, held, and determined.

    Fact . . . . . You are among a very small group of people known as 'sore losers'.

    Fact.

     
  • The Simple Truth posted at 2:25 pm on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    The Simple Truth Posts: 563

    You can always move. No one is stopping you.

     
  • NIV posted at 2:14 pm on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    NIV Posts: 47

    We, for two, appreciate the hard, thankless work of the Board trustees. For once we have a Board interested in the students, not just rubber stamping all the Administration puts before them. Re the link
    suggesting reading the minutes, the last posted are nearly 2 months ago. It would be helpful if the
    minutes were posted in a timely manner since most of us are not able to regularly attend Board meetings.

     
  • hayden_guy posted at 1:15 pm on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    hayden_guy Posts: 400


    You are making a large inference that the person that called you obtained the number from the school. Did you ask the person that called where they obtained your number?

     
  • Jullee posted at 1:14 pm on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    Jullee Posts: 540

    Let me see if I read this correctly.
    ONLY 3,659 people voted for the levy and this is supposed to be overwhelming support of the schools and this represents our community ? One third voted against..That is a lot.
    I still want to know if our education administration has the capability of living within its means. (Guess Not).

     
  • hayden_guy posted at 12:52 pm on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    hayden_guy Posts: 400

    Fact..... the state is not properly funding education in Idaho, thus the need for levies.

    Fact.... the state has made it law that these levies can only be for 2 years at a time, and this is the reason people get burned out on them and think to themselves 'Really? Didn't we just vote for this?" The answer is yes, you did just vote for it, and all of this is very calculated on the part of the state legislature.

    Fact.... If the state met their legal state-constitutional obligation and funded education as they should, these MNO levies would not bee needed.

     
  • Brent Regan posted at 11:45 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    Brent Regan Posts: 618

    I am not an attorney, I do not have all the facts and open discussion of this may cross privacy protection boundaries. Any of these disqualifies me from offering a legal opinion. If you have a specific incident you would like to Board to investigate then please bring it forward.

    I will say that whenever I call someone on my private cell phone, the person I call then has my phone number. I also get solicitation calls. My phone has a special button to deal with these. It is marked “END”.

     
  • skunkworks posted at 10:22 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    skunkworks Posts: 252

    "Get out Your Check Books" With the Levy's Passing,I just Hope Somehow, Someway the Students get Taught a Solid Education...Whatever it Takes....

     
  • Humanist posted at 10:19 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    Humanist Posts: 3064

    You could also try to find out the answer yourself by making a few phone calls or sending some emails.

    http://www.cdaschools.org/administration

    http://www.cdaschools.org/trusteeprofiles

    http://www.sde.idaho.gov/

     
  • Humanist posted at 10:17 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    Humanist Posts: 3064

    Quote: "Fact.....people are burned out"

    Fact.... people are burned out on your drivel here.

    I thought you said this earlier? "I could go on, but it's a waste of time"

    Maybe your negativity is an addiction of sorts, eh?

     
  • apathoid posted at 10:04 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    apathoid Posts: 211

    bionic man - his venom matches a LTE submitted a while back. Same "facts" and same hatred of all things Hazel Bauman. I'm just "assuming" that bionic and the letter writer are one and the same.

     
  • LTRLTR posted at 9:49 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    apathoid: I am so curious. Who are you aiming your 8:25 a.m. comment too?

     
  • apathoid posted at 9:47 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    apathoid Posts: 211

    ~yawn~

     
  • bionic man posted at 9:30 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    bionic man Posts: 347

    Very correct greyhound.

    Fact.....approval was " NOT" by the majority of registered voters

    Fact.....people are burned out having to make so many trips for so many elections

    Fact.....voters that showed up were encouraged by illegal tactics by the school district

    Fact.....the only reason we need these is because of the " BLOAT" by the administration

    Fact.....cut administration cost including salaries/benefits by 35% there would be no need for levy's

     
  • apathoid posted at 9:27 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    apathoid Posts: 211

    I checked with BionicMan - he's got some room left under his rock for you. Start crawling.

    Your baseless attacks on our school district are mis-informed and quite tiresome.

    Thankfully, most people in our community don't spend their time mired in the mud and muck like you.

     
  • greyhound2 posted at 9:08 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    greyhound2 Posts: 789

    It isn't "voter apathy". It's more "voter fatigue" or "burnout" from having to run to the polls every 15 minutes for yet another special interest group afraid of a regular November election. There isn't anything known yesterday that wasn't known last November when people were scheduled to vote and would have been more legimate.

     
  • Humanist posted at 9:06 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    Humanist Posts: 3064

    Man bionic man, EVERYTHING is negative to you.

    Quote: "Any time someone is asked to increase their tax burden, the voting should be over 50% of registered voters in order for the burden to pass"

    That's crazy. We don't even get that kind of turn out at normal elections. Hmm, it sounds like you might be in support of compulsory voting. :)

    Quote "Also having the polling held in the schools already puts a burden on those opposed."

    Well, I for one, voted in a CHURCH.

    Quote: " For the benefit of a few, the burden is placed on us all."

    Well, if a MAJORITY voted for it, then yeah, that's how it works.

    Quote: "I could go on, but it's a waste of time"

    You're right. Please don't waste your time anymore.

     
  • JustBNMe posted at 9:04 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    JustBNMe Posts: 34

    Bionic Man - Many of the polling places have been taken out of schools already, and just because the staff is there in the building does not mean that is their polling place. Many of my daughter's teachers live in Spokane, Post Falls, etc, which means they can't vote for the school they work for at all, and even those working at a school would have to live nearby to have that as their designated polling place. I do believe the school district does things that skew things in their favor, in ways that I don't necessarily agree with, but I also know teachers and staff who have voted against the levies because they don't agree with certain district policies and decisions. While it is a sad statement that so few voters show up to the polls, the fact is that a majority of those who showed up voted to pass the levy. Those opposing it must not have been very concerned, or they certainly could have made their opinion known by showing up in droves at the polls yesterday. They didn't. Their choice.

     
  • Humanist posted at 8:57 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    Humanist Posts: 3064

    Amen.

     
  • concernedcitizen posted at 8:51 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    Mr. Regan,
    I have a question for you. My cell phone is private. Only the school has my numbers for emergency contact. I would like to know if it is legal for school employees, teachers, receptionists, principals, etc. to call to ask the students parents to vote yes on the levy and is it legal for them to use school property to do so?
    If not, is it legal for the school to give out my number to anyone or organization to encourage a vote in their favor?

     
  • concernedcitizen posted at 8:46 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    I agree with a lot of you. Teachers deserve more however the school did NOT have to spend money on their new fancy castle for admin. Hazel did NOT need that fancy furniture in her office. She also does not need $1000 a month expense account when our teachers that make less than half of what she does have to pay for their own expenses.

     
  • Brent Regan posted at 8:43 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    Brent Regan Posts: 618

    Board contact information is here:
    http://www.cdaschools.org/board_meetings

     
  • Brent Regan posted at 8:41 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    Brent Regan Posts: 618

    I would like to thank the Patrons of District 271 for their support. The Board is dedicated to being good stewards of the funds you have entrusted us with. Like most of you, the Board receives no pay from the District but we do pay taxes. Your trust deserves to be repaid with the best possible education for our children.

    If anyone has any specific information on irregularities encountered during the election, please bring it to the Board either collectively or any one of us individually.

    Brent Regan
    Trustee, District 271, Zone 1

     
  • apathoid posted at 8:25 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    apathoid Posts: 211

    Crawl back under your rock, John. Thankfully most of our community isn't as bitter and ignorant as you...

     
  • LTRLTR posted at 8:18 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    Do we ever have 50% of registered voters going to the polls? Does any State ever have 50% of the registered voters going to the polls?

    The majority of those who took the time to vote did support the levy. I have a daughter who is a local teacher and I personally know the school is operating on a bare-bones-budget so I was not blindsided when I voted "YES". And I do understand the burden of higher taxes, however, the school district has earned my respect because they have increased their accountability to our community.

     
  • Screen Name posted at 8:05 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    Screen Name Posts: 803

    Steve Austin - let me tell you, the majority of the people who got off their couches to vote, voted to pass the levy. That is all that is required - a simple majority of the voters casting votes. So, the majority did indeed agree to support the levy.

    By the way, I voted at a fire station, not a school.

     
  • bionic man posted at 7:49 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    bionic man Posts: 347

    The school levy voting is rigged in favor of every levy passing.

    Any time someone is asked to increase their tax burden, the voting should be over 50% of registered voters in order for the burden to pass. Less than 25% of the registered voters in Kootenai County voted.

    So screen, don't tell me the majority agreed to support the levy's.

    Also having the polling held in the schools already puts a burden on those opposed. The district employees will all vote yes to keep their positions and they are already at the polling location.

    And yes, once again our taxes increase. For the benefit of a few, the burden is placed on us all.

    Those that voted yes have been totally blind sided once again by the administration.

    I could go on, but it's a waste of time

     
  • LTRLTR posted at 7:39 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    "The substantial margin by which the levy passed shows a strong vote of confidence for the way we're educating kids in School District 271. We have a great school district," said Trustee Tom Hamilton.

    I totally agree with the School Board. The community does support School District. 271. Now it's time for the State of Idaho to step up to the plate.

    Thank you Coeur d'Alene Community for supporting a govt entity who is not afraid to ask for a "vote of the people".

     
  • mister d posted at 7:38 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    Post Falls passed by a whopping 68% from what I read last night. The community recognizes that their children are getting a good education in spite of our current legislatures trend of funneling dollars and support away form public education.

     
  • SamuelStanding posted at 7:19 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    SamuelStanding Posts: 529

    So??? Where are the other results, or should this title read "It's all about Couer d'Alene"

     
  • Caring4CDA posted at 7:16 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    Caring4CDA Posts: 16

    Could not agree with you more 'Screen Name' - I'm thrilled the levy passed! (dancing around)
    Wait - maybe the Press Poll voting system is illegal! Gasp......

     
  • The Simple Truth posted at 7:00 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    The Simple Truth Posts: 563

    Ah, it's really great to see the local Neanderthals who write their doom and gloom here slapped down again.

     
  • Screen Name posted at 6:46 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    Screen Name Posts: 803

    The results of the CDA 271 election provides a great example of how out of touch with realty the participants of the CDA Press "poll" on this issue really were. A majority of the "poll" participants voted against the CDA 271 levy. In reality, it passed. I suspect a majority of those participating in the "poll" are folks who post in the comment sections herein. I am so thankful that the nay-sayers who post here are not truly representative of the majority of people who reside in CDA.

     
  • Wiseguy posted at 6:45 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    Wiseguy Posts: 72

    "Three of four levies pass"

    Huh? According to the Kootenai Elections website there were only three levies up: CdA, Post Falls and Kootenai. What was the fourth levy that did not pass?

     
  • bionic man posted at 6:45 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    bionic man Posts: 347

    This is what Hazel should have said....at least then she'd betelling the truth !!

    "Because levies seem to be routine, and our community is so shafted, I hope that people don't think we take it for granted," said Superintendent Hazel Bauman. "I know our taxpayers are making sacrifices to support our excessive salaries & benefits, and I thank them from the bottom of my wallet."

    Let the truth be known.

    How long before pay & benefits will once again be increased for the administration?

    Sorry teachers, you'll have to wait until the next levy.

     
  • lola123 posted at 6:18 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    lola123 Posts: 338

    LOL C.A.V.E dwellers wrong again.

     
  • voxpop posted at 5:42 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    Ah yes, bionic man, but you'll still pay, pay, pay because you're no more correct (or sensible) than Hart.

    I also don't see why the editors of the Cda Press allow their writers to use such pejorative terminology as "propped up" when it comes to SD271. I don't recall any such language when it came to the McEuen debacle. But then, when a "journalist" uses a headline of "Three of four levies pass" without making any reference to the others is ridiculous.

     
  • bionic man posted at 4:31 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    bionic man Posts: 347

    "The substantial margin by which the levy passed shows a strong vote of confidence for the way we're educating kids in School District 271. We have a great school district," said Trustee Tom Hamilton.

    That statement is total BS because not even 1/3 of the registered voters showed up.

    As I said before, the voting system on these levies are illegal.

     
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