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Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 9:44 am, Fri Nov 16, 2012.

COEUR d'ALENE - Voters will decide today if the Coeur d'Alene School District will receive additional property tax dollars to help maintain education services for the next two years.

Polls are open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

The district is asking voters to consider two supplemental levies on one ballot. If both measures are successfully passed, the district will receive $12.9 million per year from July 1 through June 30, 2013. A homeowner with a $200,000 home would see an estimated annual tax increase of roughly $68.

Superintendent Hazel Bauman has been meeting with parents and other community groups since January, explaining the district's need for continued and increased taxpayer support.

"I take this responsibility very seriously, most importantly the education of our 10,000-plus students, but right up there is also the welfare of our dedicated staff," Bauman said. "Both will be significantly, negatively impacted if we do not pass both parts of the levy tomorrow."

The supplemental levy mechanism set forth in Idaho Code allows districts to ask voters for permission to increase local property taxes for a set amount for two years. The supplemental, or "override" levies, enable districts to enhance their programs beyond state funding. Due to recent reductions in the amounts schools have received from the state education budget, more districts throughout Idaho are relying on supplemental levies to fill shortfalls rather than enhance programs.

The Coeur d'Alene district's general fund is down this year to $55.2 million and includes $42.6 million in state funds. In 2008, the general fund was $60 million with $50 million coming from state revenue.

Art, music and other extracurricular activities are supported by levy dollars in Coeur d'Alene, as are athletics, classroom supply, library, technology and custodial budgets.

The last two-year supplemental levy approved by Coeur d'Alene School District voters was in 2009 for $7.8 million per year. That levy expires at the end of June.

This year's ballot offers voters two options. First, a chance to vote to replace the $7.8 million levy. Voters who favor the $7.8 million replacement levy will be able to vote on a second option, a $5 million levy.

The ballot states that if the first option fails, the second option cannot pass.

Successful passage requires a simple majority, which is more than 50 percent of the vote.

This levy election marks the first school vote handled by the county elections office rather than the school district, a statewide change mandated by election consolidation legislation passed by lawmakers in 2009.

The Kootenai County Elections office has received 1,839 Coeur d'Alene School District votes by absentee ballot.

All ballots will be counted by hand for this election, as they have been by school districts in previous years.

Kootenai County Chief Deputy Clerk Pat Raffee said the deadlines the state imposed with the new election consolidation laws did not allow enough time for the county elections office to have optical scan ballots printed. The school districts met all the filing deadlines that were imposed on them, Raffee said.

The greatest change for many voters will be their polling locations. Previously, voters in school elections cast their ballots at district schools. For this election, and all future school elections, voting will take place at regularly designated county polling sites which includes some schools, churches and city halls, depending on the precinct. Voters can check for their assigned polling sites by using the Kootenai County elections office's online polling place locator tool at, www.kcgov.us/elections/search/, or they can call 446-1030.

A sample ballot is also available on the county's website.

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36 comments:

  • PlayinForChalupas posted at 11:40 pm on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    PlayinForChalupas Posts: 30

    Jeff Wherley you say--

    “Looks like CDA residents proved how dumb they are again…”

    Give us a break with your narcissistic rhetoric. Your voice has grown old. You live in this belligerent Walter Mitty blog world where you think people care what you have to say. You and your 1500 plus posted blogs should go find some secluded dark corner of the forest, construct a small shack and start working on your manifesto.

    You need a life.

     
  • RadRevD posted at 11:14 pm on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    RadRevD Posts: 3333

    8149 voted
    both pass
    union loses!
    on to 2012 & other issues.
    ...if we make it that far!

     
  • RadRevD posted at 11:09 pm on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    RadRevD Posts: 3333

    ( http://www.krem.com/news/local/Landmark-ID-education-bill-passes-teachers-union-rights-restricted-117630884.html )

     
  • smartguy posted at 10:47 pm on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    smartguy Posts: 5

    All I can say is SORE LOSERS! Suck it! Democracy wins again.
    Why don't all of you losers go back and start bashing Obama and his birth certificate, that would be a worthy cause for you to bring up again. This issue is over...ha ha

     
  • Jeffrey Wherley posted at 10:11 pm on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    Jeffrey Wherley Posts: 3969

    Looks like CDA residents proved how dumb they are again, option passed looks to be passing big and option 2 is very close but will probably pass also. They actually convinced those idiots they needed 12 million more when other schools are looking for only 1 or 2 million to fix their budget shortfalls. The only people dumber in the CDA district than the Administration is the voters that gave them 10 million more dollars to waste than any other district needs. No wonder the city council feel they can walk all over the voters with the downtown remodel, they only see the sheep that keep jumping off the cliff.

     
  • mister d posted at 8:30 pm on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    I voted YES because our community gets a good value for their dollar. Continue to erode the education system and see how low your property value goes! Thank our local legislators for the huge request for local tax dollars in education.

     
  • RadRevD posted at 8:18 pm on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    RadRevD Posts: 3333

    Likely 8000 votes cast in this levy referendum.
    The majority will be SD271 and NIC employees and their significant progressive partners.
    Additional votes will be cast by contractors with close ties to SD271.
    SD271 has three semesters to fulfill NCLB requirement for 100% graduation.
    If they succeed...how dumb did the general population get?

     
  • JoeIdaho posted at 2:22 pm on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    I voted YES.
    I don't think our schools are anywhere NEAR as corrupt as those from the bigger cities, and I have been involved with many of the teachers here; who as a whole I see as excellent.

     
  • Caring4CDA posted at 1:52 pm on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    Caring4CDA Posts: 16

    It going to cost this community much more money to take care of an undereducated population. So you may gripe about 100.00 dollars today (wait, it's less than that even!) but you better be ready to pay more in the future.
    If you don't like the way the district uses the money then shut off your computer, get up off your complaining keesters and GET INVOLVED!

     
  • dasher posted at 1:42 pm on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    dasher Posts: 161

    Student resource officers are going to be cut without the levy. Let's all have another Columbine!

     
  • RadRevD posted at 12:49 pm on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    RadRevD Posts: 3333

    a little background on Kootenai economics & job loss that was in process before the 2006 contrived local real estate bubble. ( http://www.ecanned.com/ID/Kootenai_County.shtml )

    Impact fees on all that new housing on the prairie and down by the river would have paid for the new schools.
    At least the County BOC did the right thing and levied impacts, though way too late to matter for Coeur d'Alene.

     
  • Sabre21 posted at 12:46 pm on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    Sabre21 Posts: 18

    My property takes went up nearly $200 last year despite my property value declining by 40k and in 7 years my taxes have increased by over 100%. How much more are they going to take? If you don't start making these entities work with what they get from the State and Fed, then it will never stop. The line has to be drawn.

     
  • Randy Myers posted at 12:43 pm on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    Randy Myers Posts: 1635

    wanderson......The double levy doesn't purport to "improve' anything. that's just to keep things "as is." I am not willing to forgo the need to stop doing the same thing and expecting different results.

     
  • wanderson posted at 12:26 pm on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    wanderson Posts: 40

    Once more all the regulars did not read it all. It stated $68.00 per year or $34.00 every 6 months. I think I can forgo a dinner out every 6 months for better education. How about the rest of you.

     
  • bkemdanno posted at 12:06 pm on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    bkemdanno Posts: 259

    "A major cause of the "money shortfall" right now is the loss of federal and state funding". then this "The argument that we should vote no to send a message that we need quality jobs in Idaho makes no sense whatsoever."

    where, my dear, do you think fed and state funding comes from???? more folks working and , ahem, idaho, making better wages would certainly go a long way to providing cold hard cash for the schools.

    and why are teachers having to buy clothing --what the heck you talking about. thats your problem- not mine. just send them down to the church or st vincent's if they really need clothing.

     
  • Randy Myers posted at 11:35 am on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    Randy Myers Posts: 1635

    JustBNme..........in regards to your point 2....several teachers make over 60k in the Cd'A district. That information is obtainable both at the openidaho.org web site and the SD271 website. In regards to point 3.......the Union could re-negotiate their contract with SD271. None of the administrators or teachers have come out, to my knowledge, for paycuts across the board in order to save "vital" positions and jobs.

     
  • JustBNMe posted at 11:16 am on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    JustBNMe Posts: 34

    1. A major cause of the "money shortfall" right now is the loss of federal and state funding. I keep hearing everyone say that they want more local and state control, but when we're asked to fund something (like education) on a local level, all I hear is the sound of backpedaling. This money IS necessary to support the education of our kids, not just to pay teachers and administrators.
    2. The teachers in our district do NOT make top pay. Certainly none make in the $60K range. That is just false.
    3. Failure to pass this levy will cause 300 of our neighbors to lose their jobs. The argument that we should vote no to send a message that we need quality jobs in Idaho makes no sense whatsoever. What we need is for people in this community to be able to keep the jobs they already have.
    4. This year, my child doesn't get a field trip, because the district cut out field trips to save money. And we aren't participating in the DARE (to keep kids off drugs) program, because they cut that out, too. 25 full time positions have already been eliminated to save money. Even if the levy passes, there will be cuts, because funding has been cut so drastically. This levy IS essential to maintain quality education for our kids. (By the way, Sabre, the district had to re-open a building that was infused with asbestos because the other schools were at or near capacity, and parents DO provide school supplies. Please do more research.)
    If the levy does not pass, it will not "send a message". It will not be the administrators who "pay". The kids will suffer. The kids will lose out. Our income has been cut by more than half in the last 3 years, and I don't want my property taxes to go up, either, but the amount we're talking about is nothing compared to what it will provide. YES. YES.

     
  • Randy Myers posted at 11:08 am on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    Randy Myers Posts: 1635

    http://www.cdalevy.org/about/covers.php

    Passing the levy supports the following programs and essential services for your school district:

    •Activities - Arts, Music & More
    •Extracurricular
    •Athletics
    •Class-Size
    •Classroom Supplies
    •Custodial
    •Libraries
    •Maintenance
    •Playground Supervision
    •Remediation
    •Safety & Health
    •Secretarial Support
    •Technology
    •Transportation

    Two resource officers salaries (cops at school) are included. Which of the above are truly "essential" and which are really nice but no longer affordable?

    @sabre21.....Good points

    @DavidK.........I am a Liberal Democrat. I also am a realist. I pride myself as being a fiscally conservative liberal Democrat. That means, in my case, I am supporting a revolution in how our schools have been run. That revolution , to me, comes in the form of educational reform. It starts with what can we afford and what needs to be changed. In my opinion we can no longer afford the serial levy method of school funding.

    @CHSdad.........This isn't a vote (my no vote) to punish the kids. It is a demand for reformation. I agree with Tom Luna on one crucial point: our current way of doing business in terms of school funding isn't sustainable.

     
  • Jeffrey Wherley posted at 10:03 am on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    Jeffrey Wherley Posts: 3969

    CHSdad,

    A yes today, continues the status quo for 2 more years and then in 2 years they will again ask for more "for the kids" without ever addressing the cause of the money shortfalls. A no vote today will force them to address these issues and you will see another levy brought as an emergency levy this fall. This is not the emergency you are lead to believe, this is just business as normal.

     
  • CHSdad posted at 9:22 am on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    CHSdad Posts: 369

    So a number want to vote no to send a message. What a message it sends the kids. Yes, the system is poor, and the CDA school district has deservedly lost the trust of many. Voting no is not the way of dealing with this as it will punish the kids, not the districts. Please vote yes.

     
  • Dan Gookin posted at 9:15 am on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    Dan Gookin Posts: 680

    Teachers salaries are paid by the state, negotiated by contract. The Levy does not affect teacher salaries. To see what the levy affects, go to cdalevy.org

     
  • Jeffrey Wherley posted at 9:12 am on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    Jeffrey Wherley Posts: 3969

    DavidK,

    That was very entertaining but you aren't being fair or correct about lumping Randy in with the rest of us. He is I would bet as progressive as you. But that would mean admitting that school fiscal corruption has finely crossed Ideological borders.
    And I don't know Tom, R( )ick and Harry but welcome aboard the non-ideological train to fiscal constraint and return the parental control. This is truly a fight for the betterment of education for our future Kids.

     
  • bkemdanno posted at 9:08 am on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    bkemdanno Posts: 259

    a agree with randy- just like mckuen --not the time to be spending money we don't have. vote no. the reason why other districts spend more - is they have more --its called a tax base. they have agriculture, the inel site (idaho falls), boise (albertsons, mk, capital), high tech. SEND A MESSAGE. but its mainly a message to your legislature and governor to bring decent jobs to north idaho. its all about jobs and getting people working.

     
  • DavidK posted at 8:52 am on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    DavidK Posts: 47

    So nice to see all the regulars out in force today...must be something special happening...wait it's the levy day and tall the good little conservatives are out in force...Rev...Randy...Jeffery.all we need now is the Kohlers and Mary Sousa to join in and we might have a full deck.

    You see the trouble with all of you narrow minded Republicans is that at the end of the day while you are bent on teaching everyone your lessons and converting the perverted liberals...all the whuile our children suffer...this levy is NOT A REFERENDUM! It is about making sure that our kids have the resources that Boise and Washington collectively have not provided for...Hmm the Republicans in Boise and the Democrats in Washington...who to blame....who to blame....

    Well just ask Mary, Rad..Jeff..Randy..Tom, Rick and Harry...they will all tell you what's wrong and how to fix it...the only question I have is how did they let things get so messed up in the first place here in paradise???

    Pass the levy and let the kids learn...then make the changes...otherwise you'll have a levy to build a state house on the Rathdrum plains...complete with license plate manufacturing and a wood shop....solve the unemployment issues all in one fell swoop though...

    Thanks for the input Rev...your Reformation rhetoric and fire and brimstone style is better than TV ...at least you saved one household from monthly Direct TV bills....now I can afford to send my kids to Kumon lessons....at least they'll learn something that they should have gotten from kindergarten.....

     
  • Bigmoose posted at 8:44 am on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    Bigmoose Posts: 114

    The teachers in the CDA School District have not had a salary increase in years...and they will not get one this year either. They spend thousands of dollars of their own money in their classroom providing educational material, supplies, food, clothes, etc. Do I agree things need to change? You bet I do. However, the average wage earner in Kootenai County does not have a four year degee, or eight to ten years of college like many of the CDA teachers. Vote YES YES on the Levy and support our teachers and our schools.

     
  • Randy Myers posted at 8:03 am on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    Randy Myers Posts: 1635

    I am voting No.

    @dasher........While I agree with you I am voting "No" so things won't continue as is. The ones "lower on the pole" need to revolt some against those "higher on the pole."

    @Bigmoose.......You have been consistent in your support to keep things going as is. I hope you realize it is possible to support the schools yet vote "No" because reform is needed. This isn't "for the kids." It is for the staff. We need true reform. Administrators are making 60k plus with the superintendent over 123k. Teachers START at 30k and many are over 60k. The average wage earner in Kootenai Co. makes under 25k. Is this ok ?

     
  • Bob Loblaw posted at 8:03 am on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    Bob Loblaw Posts: 375

    For God's sake, people VOTE NO! Enough is enough. The schools have wasted millions upon millions of dollars, a lot of which cannot even be accounted for! We need to send a CLEAR MESSAGE that they need to change the way they are doing things.

    Renters: do you really think your rent won't go up if you vote for a property tax? Dream on . . .

     
  • dasher posted at 7:09 am on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    dasher Posts: 161

    No, I don't have kids. Yes, I do own a home. I'm voting YES & YES. I agree the district needs to run things better, but in the long run, voting "NO" doesn't effect them, it just hurts those lower on the pole...the teachers and the students.

     
  • Jeffrey Wherley posted at 6:50 am on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    Jeffrey Wherley Posts: 3969

    I pray for HUGE turn outs. That should ensure failure of all the levies. I think PF trustees can be trusted with their ballot counting, but CDA's have proven themselves totally untrustworthy. Might as well let Convicts run the Parol Boards, too.

     
  • Bigmoose posted at 6:05 am on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    Bigmoose Posts: 114

    My friends and I will be support our schools. Please vote YES YES on the Levy. Thanks

     
  • Veeeee posted at 5:57 am on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    Veeeee Posts: 389

    Please support both levies. Thank you.

     
  • RadRevD posted at 5:42 am on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    RadRevD Posts: 3333

    absolutely no manipulation possible says Tim Sanford.
    ( http://www.cdapress.com/news/local_news/article_9e3eb89c-4687-11e0-b340-001cc4c002e0.html )
    ( http://opencda.com/?p=7836&cpage=1 ) Proof there is!

     
  • RadRevD posted at 4:45 am on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    RadRevD Posts: 3333

    Did even one head roll in the wake of mismanagement of $$$Millions?
    At least one employee hightailed it to Seattle before any adverse consequence.
    He left the controversial and unproven UN International Baccalaureate in his wake.

    How many other such programs did the Harry-Hazel Team authorize?
    How many new schools had to be funded through past levies.
    Why the abject refusal by both Harry and Hazel to pursue Impact Fees on new development?

    It's time to end nepotism in SD271 and restore voter confidence.
    May these levies be a litmus test for future correction and accountability.

     
  • TakeBackTheUSA posted at 3:45 am on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    TakeBackTheUSA Posts: 765

    "Successful passage requires a simple majority, which is more than 50 percent of the vote." Inanity, thy name is Cda Press. It used to be, just a few short years ago, that these levies were a slam dunk. But then evolving administrative incompetence turned that around. No taxing entity can long afford a laissez-faire romance with the taxpayer dollar. When dealing with other people's money you say what you do and you do what you say. I'm guessing that today Bauman will discover the community wants/needs new leadership.

     
  • TakeBackTheUSA posted at 3:44 am on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    TakeBackTheUSA Posts: 765

    "Successful passage requires a simple majority, which is more than 50 percent of the vote." Inanity, thy name is Cda Press. It used to be, just a few short years ago, that these levies were a slam dunk. But then evolving administrative incompetence turned that around. No taxing entity can long afford a laissez-faire romance with the taxpayer dollar. When dealing with other people's money you say what you do and you do what you say. I'm guessing that today Bauman will discover the community wants/needs new leadership.

     
  • chouli posted at 3:34 am on Tue, Mar 8, 2011.

    chouli Posts: 1266

    "All ballots will be counted by hand for this election, as they have been by school districts in previous years."

    Doesn't anyone else see the problem with allowing the school districts to count the ballots by hand...???

     
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