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Nine north Idaho school districts ask voters for money on Tuesday

Screenshot from Coeur d'Alene levy video

Tuesday is school Election Day in Idaho. Forty-six districts around the state, including nine in the six northernmost counties, have measures on the ballot.

Three north Idaho school districts have two types of levies before voters.

Coeur d’Alene is running one basic levy to supplement its allocation from the state. The district is asking for 25 million dollars a year in perpetuity, meaning it would lock in that amount for the long-term. The second levy is to address pressing safety and maintenance issues, 25 million over five years. The district says it needs to fix mechanical and plumbing issues, replace roofs and floors and improve safety in parking lots.

The Lakeland School District in Rathdrum and the Kendrick School District in Latah County are running supplemental levies plus measures that provide money for reserve funds to pay for school-related maintenance and construction projects.

The other six districts are just running supplemental levies: Post Falls, Boundary County, Kootenai, St. Maries, Potlatch and Genesee. Supplemental levies pass with a simple majority. The others need 55%.

The polls are open Tuesday from 8 am to 8 pm. It’s too late to request an absentee ballot.

One of the Northwest's most seasoned reporters is returning to his SPR roots. Doug Nadvornick will be heard frequently on KPBX and KSFC reporting on local news.