April 22, 2009 in Idaho

Coeur d’Alene voters pass school levy

By The Spokesman-Review

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A multi-million dollar levy to fund Coeur d’Alene schools was easily approved by voters Tuesday.

With all absentee ballots and polling places accounted for, 74 percent of voters had approved the $7.8 million-a-year levy.

It required a simple majority to pass.

“It’s just a huge relief, because it was such a vital piece of who we are,” said Hazel Bauman, superintendent of the Coeur d’Alene School District. “I’m feeling very, very positive and thankful to the community for their support.”

The levy will cost homeowners about 95 cents per $1,000 of assessed home value and will generate $1 million less than the expiring 2007 levy it replaces. More than 9,000 voters cast ballots this year.

District voters have approved the two-year levies for more than 20 years. The money funds extracurricular activities, support programs and other services not covered by state funding.

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