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CdA school board sends levy to voters

The Coeur d’Alene School District’s board of trustees approved a resolution this evening to place a maintenance and operations levy on the March 12 ballot to improve safety and security measures at schools.

The two-year levy, if approved, will cost taxpayers an additional $1.4 million over the first year. It would replace an expiring levy.

The extra funds would be used for entry systems and door access technology upgrades, fencing and enhancing emergency communications and parent notifications, among other things.

District spokeswoman Laura Rumpler said there is one item that was on the list of improvements at the beginning of the month that is no longer on the table.

“We are not looking at metal detectors now,” Rumpler said.

Property owners would pay $2.08 per $1,000 of assessed property value for the first year of the levy. During the second year of the levy, property owners will pay $1.87 per $1,000 of assessed property value, the same rate they pay now.

The board’s vote to place the levy on the March ballot was unanimous. Trustee Ann Seddon was absent.

In Idaho, levies need a simple majority of 50 percent plus one vote to pass.