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CDA School Levy Fails To Break 50%

Issue: School levy fails/Linda Ball, Coeur d’Alene Press

Additional Info: The $39.8 million school plant facility levy did not meet to the approval of school district 271 voters, with 3,456 votes in favor, 4,257 opposed. The total approval rate of 44.81 percent fell shy of the needed 55 percent needed to pass the levy.

DFO: Coeur d’Alene school patrons have missed a monster opportunity to nearly end a series of construction projects that began 16 years ago. They were spooked by rapidly increasing property valuations and jumped on anything to justify turning down an increase of $6 per month (average) in property taxes. Construction costs will only increase as a result of this short-sighted vote. ‘Tis a sad day for the poorer schools in Coeur d’Alene — and the district.

Question: Why did it fail?

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