Frequently Asked Questions

What’s on the Nov. 7, 2017 ballot?

Voters will consider a supplemental levy to provide schools with $9.375 million for each of the next two years, starting July 1, 2018.

This would replace the current two-year levy which expires June 30, 2018. Read the ballot language here

How will the levy be used?

100% of the funds will directly support our students and teachers. Levy funds will be used to maintain current programs, including continued curriculum updates; replace and/or repair playground equipment; boost wireless capabilities at high schools; replace sports safety equipment; support music and theatre; provide more opportunities for elementary activities; and offset transportation costs.

What will the levy mean for local support of students?

Currently, the per-student support for Nampa School District is among the most reasonable in the Treasure Valley. The proposed levy would increase the amount of support per student to a level similar to neighboring districts and other larger school districts in Idaho. 

How did you choose which needs the levy will support?

Several factors were considered when looking at needs, including a) how to impact as many students and teachers as possible, b) how to utilize the money to effectively meet a variety of needs, c) how to assist both elementary and secondary students, d) a need to maintain our facilities, and e) a desire to ease the financial burden to our families.

What does this mean for the average homeowner's taxes?

The levy would decrease the tax rate by 11 cents for every $1,000 of taxable value each year. For an average home valued at $180,000, here’s the math:

House with man/woman/child image$180,000      Home value total
-$ 90,000     Minus homeowners’ exemption (50% of value
up to $100,000)
  $90,000      Taxable value
X .00011     Multiply by 11 cents per $1,000 in value
=   $9.90     Annual tax decrease 

How can we lower the levy rate and still collect more money?

Basically, it boils down rising home values in Nampa combined with more homes being built. This allows us to lower our levy while still collecting enough money to make our established bond payments and support increased needs in the district.

Do you have to be registered to vote?

Yes. The deadline to pre-register with the county is 5 p.m. on October 8. The form must be completed and mailed or brought to your county election office with an original signature. 

Can I register to vote on election day?

Yes. You may register at your polling location on the day of the election with proof of residency and photo ID (Idaho driver’s license or photo ID, or a current student photo ID issued by an Idaho high school or post-secondary education institution).  

Residents do not have to register if they have voted in a general election in the last four years and have not changed their address.