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Clerk Refuses To Change Levy Tally

Item: County doesn't change school levy vote: Canvass of March 8 election shows option 2 with 86 percent support/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: The commissioners did not re-tabulate the votes, as they were requested to do in a March 10 letter signed by Bill Hemenway, Vice-Chair of the Coeur d'Alene School District Board of Trustees, and Superintendent Hazel Bauman. “We have correspondence about this. Is anyone here from the school district?” asked Commissioner Todd Tondee during the board's public meeting. Since no one from District 271 was in attendance, the commissioners accepted and signed into record the results tabulated by the county elections office.

Question: Did County Clerk Cliff Hayes do the right thing by not listening to the School District's request to change the numbers on Option 2 to reflect a more accurate vote count?

CdA Schools Still Hurting Financially

Item: Coeur d’Alene School District may declare financial emergency despite passage of levy/Maureen Dolan, CdA Press

More Info: Since January they have identified $3.2 million in reductions for the next fiscal year that begins July 1. Another $1.9 million needs to be shaved for a balanced budget. The supplemental levy approved by voters April 21 is $1 million less than the expiring levy it replaces. Some teachers were upset that the district chose to trim the levy amount rather than campaign for the higher existing amount.

Question: Should Coeur d’Alene school officials have asked for at least another $1M for the easily passed school levy, if they knew they would stil be facing a financial crisis?