Idaho school district will ask for sales tax money
LEWISTON, Idaho — The Lewiston School District plans to move forward with an attempt to allow sales taxes to pay for school construction, despite a rejection by the Idaho State School Board Association.
The Lewiston Tribune reports a resolution calling for a change to Idaho Code that would allow a local option sales tax to pay for school construction bonds was defeated at the school board association convention in Boise.
Lewiston Superintendent Bob Donaldson says many voters who opposed the idea questioned why school districts should even have to pass such a measure, arguing the Legislature should pay instead.
School construction traditionally is paid for with property tax increases approved by local voters. Lewiston voters rejected such proposals for a new high school in 2004, 2010 and 2011.