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School district to rerun bond election August 30

July 13, 2022
Architect's concept of a new Valley View Elementary.

Having listened to the comments of parents and patrons, the Boundary County School District 101 Board of Trustees on July 20 revised and finalized its resolution to run a special election on Tuesday, August 30, seeking voter approval of a $16,400,000 general obligation bond to build a new Valley View Elementary School and make repairs and renovations to other schools. The initial bond levy got a majority of yes votes March 8, 1,158 to 995 no, a 54-percent margin, but a bond levy, unlike a maintenance and operations levy, requires a 66.67-percent super majority to pass.

The final payment of the last school bond, used to build the new Bonners Ferry High School, will be made in August. General obligation bonds are the sole method by which Idaho school districts can finance constructions of new facilities.

In addition to replacing Valley View, passage of the bond would build an addition to the high school shop, renovate the middle school shop, improve traffic flow and parking at Naples Elementary and replace the roof on Mt. Hall Elementary.

If approved, the estimated cost to tax payers would be about $83 per $100,000 of taxable assessed values per year, up about $23 from the $60 paid on the current bond being paid off.

To read the official bond notice, to include the sample ballot, click here. To learn more about the proposed new Valley View Elementary, read "What a new Valley View Elementary might look like."

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Mike Weland, Publisher

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P.O. Box 1625
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
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