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Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 12:15 am

Voters in the Coeur d'Alene, Lakeland and Kootenai school districts will head to the polls today to vote on tax measures that if approved, will provide financing for school facilities improvements.

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

Voters in Coeur d'Alene are being asked to consider a $32.7 million, 13-year bond that will pay for major renovations at five schools, and for technology and air quality equipment upgrades throughout the district.

The Coeur d'Alene measure must receive 66 and two-thirds percent of the votes cast to pass, as must a bond being floated before voters in the Kootenai Joint School District.

Kootenai voters will consider a $2 million measure to finance a wastewater treatment project.

Lakeland Joint School District voters will consider a 5-year plant levy that will provide $800,000 annually to fund building repairs, energy efficiency improvements, equipment, buses and classroom furniture. The Lakeland measure needs 55 percent voter approval for successful passage.

Schools in Idaho do not receive state funding to build or renovate schools. Local taxpayers must approve debt financing for such endeavors, and the funds cannot be used for any other purpose.

Voters must go to their designated polling places. Not all precincts will be used for this election and some precincts have been combined due to low voter registration numbers. Voters can find their designated polling place at www.kcgov.us/elections or by calling 446-1030.

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  • Nam trung posted at 8:41 pm on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    Nam trung Posts: 7

    Lakeland measures require 55 percent voter approval for travel success. This is a good result

  • concernedcitizen posted at 7:47 pm on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530


    Right on.

  • IAMWOMAN posted at 9:34 am on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    IAMWOMAN Posts: 56

    Randy: Opinions are relative, I think the schools are in the same physical shape. It is the quality of the education that matters, not the structure the education is received in.

  • idaholiberal posted at 6:44 pm on Tue, Aug 28, 2012.

    idaholiberal Posts: 206

    Not only is the election timed differently than the general election....

    Not only are most of the polling places schools..

    To push the scales way over the top in favor of the schools, they "just happened" to time the schools' open houses/registration to coincide the same day with the vote!

    This is like Romney and all the voter id laws. If we can't win on the merits, let's cheat!

  • ancientemplar posted at 4:30 pm on Tue, Aug 28, 2012.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1268

    I've got a novel idea. Scrape the buildings and build new ones. We could get 2 1/2 schools for $32.7M. Or how about buying new land and selling the existing schools and land.Then use that for the new land and schools. We'd be way ahead without having to throw good money after bad 5-10 years from now.

  • Ziggy posted at 4:02 pm on Tue, Aug 28, 2012.

    Ziggy Posts: 1230

    Kootenai Cnty could make this much easier. We have to download a new version of Silverlight. Well, do we trust the source? Probably not. Why not just put the map out here without putting it in a program many computers don't have or don't want. There are lots of media that would do that.

  • IAMWOMAN posted at 2:34 pm on Tue, Aug 28, 2012.

    IAMWOMAN Posts: 56

    My kids managed to get an education at Bryan K-5. All the issues the school district is concerned about today existed a decade ago. I think sports should come out of schools and be funded and supported through the community. Education money should go to education. I don't appreciate my tax dollars subsidizing football, baseball, basketball, etc. for a few chosen students. Also, we have way too many administrators and not enough teachers. I voted NO. Your kids can go to a "rundown" school too, just like mine did. I have no money to spare for the local architects, builders, and landscapers. And I don't support the changes at McEuen Field either.

  • RossClimber posted at 2:12 pm on Tue, Aug 28, 2012.

    RossClimber Posts: 9

    The amount of mis information is incredible. A passage of this BOND (not levy) is vital to our school district. Broken down schools cost more, cause business and families not to move to the area and eventually cost more to build. This will not increase taxes in any way. The current school board (some of the members have been vocal in the past as to the mis management of funds that they perceive) have backed this BOND as the schools need serious attention. PLEASE VOTE YES.. not just for our students but for our community as a whole!

  • kosro posted at 1:25 pm on Tue, Aug 28, 2012.

    kosro Posts: 7

    Interest rates for bonds are at an all time low-that is part of the reason for the timing. Once these improvements are made the costs of running the schools undergoing major remodeling will go down due to more efficient systems and fewer maintenace costs. The reality is that our population will continue to grow and if we do not maintain our older schools, we will eventually be forced to build new ones which costs far more.

  • Hardworker posted at 1:06 pm on Tue, Aug 28, 2012.

    Hardworker Posts: 36

    I vote at the community center- not all are in the schools. This levy sounds like: one loan was paid off so instead of having a loan paid off, why not take out another?... Not sure how I feel about this.

  • kosro posted at 12:43 pm on Tue, Aug 28, 2012.

    kosro Posts: 7

    People will vote however they want regardless of where their polling place is. If people are too intimidated to walk into a school and vote against it, they shouldn't vote. Just because they are voting inside a school doesn't mean that will change their vote. People can also vote absentee quite easily and not even have to leave their house to vote. And a bond to improve buildings has nothing to do with an annual operating budget.

  • chouli posted at 12:21 pm on Tue, Aug 28, 2012.

    chouli Posts: 1283

    Why why WHY are these school bond and levy elections polling places located at the schools??
    How is this not a conflict of interest? How?
    The dates are chosen to supress the voting public to start with...why not have this school bond vote in November with the general election unless you do not want a large turnout?? So let's intentionally have a small turnout of voters so we can get our majority and pass the levy/bond.
    The polling locations need to be removed from the schools when the vote is pertaining to the schools.

    I will vote against the bond. The schools have to stay within their budgets just like the rest of us. $33 million dollars is a huge burden to put on the tax payers for 13 years. What will the levy be next year? and the year after that? etc...

  • Bob Loblaw posted at 12:03 pm on Tue, Aug 28, 2012.

    Bob Loblaw Posts: 413

    I am voting NO. The taxing entities all seem to view taxpayers as a bottomless well of money. Well guess what? I'm tapped out and struggling to keep afloat. And now they schedule a special election, instead of consolidating with a general election, when they know it is an unpopular cause right now. That saddles us with the cost of the election, which has a good chance of failing anyhow. Thanks a lot. But, as greyhound pointed out, low turnout favors the cronies.

    And guess what, renters? Your rent will go up too if this passes.

  • Always Curious posted at 12:01 pm on Tue, Aug 28, 2012.

    Always Curious Posts: 498

    I am supporting the Lakeland levy and all my kids are out of school but the next group will be entering soon (grandkids).

    This from the article on Sunday - "Even if the levy is approved, the overall amount of property tax levied by Lakeland will decrease 11 percent next year due to other levies being reduced or eliminated."

  • cda271 posted at 8:40 am on Tue, Aug 28, 2012.

    cda271 Posts: 50

    Poxvox is a sad little person. I'll bet he is mad as heck when the sun comes up in the morning. Has anyone ever...EVER...heard anything positive from this neophyte?
    School officials/board have nothing personal to gain with the bond. Why make statements that intimate they do? Salaries don't go up and the board is volunteer. If the schools need fixing...THEN THEY NEED TO BE FIXED!
    Why aren't some of you raising heck with the Mayor's mega million park to a park makeover? And now they want an increase in taxes to cover the shortfall.
    Yea...you support chldren's education...yea, sure you do.
    Nameless, self rightous stone throwers. Especially you Voxpox!

  • greyhound2 posted at 7:47 am on Tue, Aug 28, 2012.

    greyhound2 Posts: 896

    This election could have been scheduled for the general election in November in two months when people do turn out to vote. Scheduling an off-the-wall date severely reduces turnout which is a big advantage for the school district, as all district employees and supporters can saddle everybody else with more property tax with very low numbers.

  • apathoid posted at 6:33 am on Tue, Aug 28, 2012.

    apathoid Posts: 211

    "Voxpop had something pleasant and constructive to say," said No One Ever.

  • voxpop posted at 6:08 am on Tue, Aug 28, 2012.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    8-28-2012 Cda Press headline - "LEVY VOTES TODAY."
    8-29-2012 Cda Press headline - "LEVY FAILS."

    Thanks to the Idaho legislature, of course.

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