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2015 Emergency Levy

Attendance increase qualifies district for emergency levy
Posted on 09/14/2015
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Board of Trustees OK emergency levy for 2015-16 School Year

The Nampa Board of Trustees approved a temporary emergency levy for $478,000 to address needs in the Nampa School District in the 2015-16 School Year.

The levy was unanimously approved 5-0 by the Board at a special meeting Sept. 14.

The district qualified for the one-time levy due to a 107-student increase in average daily attendance from the previous year. Average daily attendance for 2015 was 13,630 and the average daily attendance for the same time period in 2014 was 13,523.

Superintendent David Peterson reported to the Board that the one-time levy would be spent to address the following needs:

·         $150,000 to provide classroom aides to support elementary classrooms with excessive class sizes;

·         $48,500 for additional tables, chairs, & furniture;

·         $100,000 to replace outdated secondary sports safety equipment such as pole vault mats, helmets, wrestling mats;

·         $50,000 for playground equipment for the newly relocated elementary Gateways program;

·         $25,000 for an extended resource room curriculum;

·         $60,000 for computer servers;

·         $6,000 to provide the district’s new teachers with textbooks on the state-required evaluation model; and

·         $40,000 to hire a grant writing company to assist the district in increasing non-tax revenue to support goals for student learning;

 

“These one-time resources will provide some much needed support for teachers with large class sizes in the elementary schools and will address some critical safety needs in our athletic programs,” Peterson said.  

The Nampa School District has qualified for an emergency levy 14 of the past 17 years.

This levy would increase the district’s overall school property tax rate by $.12 per $1,000 of taxable value for one-year.  On a home valued at $150,000 after the homeowner’s exemption is applied, the tax would be an estimated $9 for one year.

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History of emergency levies In Idaho and the Nampa School District. Source: Tax Levies for School Purposes, Idaho State Department of Education.

School Year

Total Emergency Levies Statewide

Value Statewide

Nampa

2014-15

13

$6,407,465

0

2013-14

17

$8,551,327

0

2012-13

16

$5,707,302

$235,612

2011-12

10

$3,204,230

0

2010-11

11

$7,727,773

$1,260,544

2009-10

21

$10,012,360

$130,338

2008-09

25

$15,422,646

$2,359,480

2007-08

25

$16,630,812

$2,212,005

2006-07

24

$16,571,255

$1,840,382

2005-06

22

$13,841,628

$1,225,000

2004-05

21

$11,598,358

$892,725

2003-04

15

$6,741,732

$1,283,713

2002-03

17

$8,099,085

$1,230,017

2001-02

16

$7,951,183

$1,085,710

2000-01

12

$6,495,521

$1,012,931

1999-00

14

$5,408,929

$937,747

1998-99

14

$5,293,770

$851,695

 

 

$155,665,376

$16,557,899

 

Supplemental levy: The certified emergency levy for maintenance and operation based on an increase in average daily attendance above the prior school year (Idaho Code 33-805 and 63-907).