Idaho Districts Hope Levies Will Save Struggling Schools

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Businesses, households and schools are being forced to do more with less in this economic downturn. Idaho schools are also feeling the pinch.

On Tuesday, voters in the Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls School Districts will be asked to approve special levies to help fund local schools.

"In the classroom, a few teachers have been laid off, and they're missed," said Joel Wasserman discussing cuts to his school.

The Coeur d'Alene High Junior and a friend planned to walkout of class on Monday with dozens of students, protesting Idaho State Superintendent Tom Luna's educational reform plan. But the group canceled the event concerned about jeopardizing Tuesday's levy election.

"We didn't want to give voters the misconception that we're protesting against the levy", explained Jesse Wedewer, "I think it's really important that we keep our education funding adequate."

Here the levy break down:

Voters in the Coeur d'Alene School District are being asked to renew a $7.8 million levy and approve a $5 million essential levy. Two options on the ballot. If passed, for a $200,000 property owner it would mean an extra $68 in taxes per year.

Post Falls School District voters are also being asked to approve a two-year, $2.6 million annual levy. If passed, it would mean $12 per year in taxes for a $180,000 homeowner.

District voters will go to their precinct poll sites to cast their ballots. Doors open on Tuesday, March 8th from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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