Frequently Asked Questions

 

Boise School District
Bond Election
Voter Information and Frequently Asked Questions
 

1.     When is the election?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. at polling locations.

2.     What is on the ballot?

The bond will fund an Educational Facilities Master Plan that provides direction for the District on meeting our most pressing needs regarding poor condition, overcrowding and improving educational adequacy while ensuring every school receives attention. The bond election is for $172.5 million, which will be paid over 20 years.

3.      Why is the bond needed?

The need for this bond election is driven by:

  • A Facility Audit that shows growing deferred school maintenance needs (nearly $330 million).
  • Aging schools - 52% of Boise’s schools were built more than a half-century ago and are facing significant maintenance needs & deficiencies. 

 4.      What is the District trying to accomplish with this bond?

  • This bond allows us to reinvest in our local schools and communities without raising the current tax rate.
  • It’s accountable, addressing critical facility problems now so they don’t cost taxpayers more later.
  • Addresses overcrowding and gives students access to safe modern classrooms and schools that reflect best practices in education and technology - ensuring students graduate career and college ready.
  • This bond will create a positive legacy for our children and grandchildren, all without raising the current tax rate.  

5.     How is the District able to raise $172.5 million without increasing the tax rate for property owners?

Given the rising property values in Boise, the expiration of the 2012 levy and the 1996 bond, the restructure of other long-term debt, we are able to authorize $172.5 million without raising the tax rate for property owners.

6. Why doesn't the District just use the money from the lottery?

The District receives $1.5 million a year from the lottery. The overall need in the District is more than $300 million. Lottery proceeds are simply not enough to address the capital and maintenance needs. The District has included revenue from the lottery as a supplement to the bond during the 10-year master facility plan.

7. What happens to our schools if the bond fails?

Currently, the State of Idaho provides no direct money for school construction.  With no significant and consistent revenue source to improve school facilities, deteriorating facility conditions in the Boise School District will continue to go largely unaddressed, except for essential maintenance. The District would have to consider continued and increased use of portable classrooms and boundary changes in order to address overcrowding in schools. General Fund dollars may have to be used in order to supplement critical facility needs, which would reduce money available for curriculum and instructional materials.  

The facility needs of the District will not go away, in fact, they will intensify over time. 

8.      Who may vote in the March 14, 2017 election?

Any person voting, or offering to vote in this Bond Election must be: eighteen (18) years of age; a United States citizen who has resided in the State of Idaho and in the Boise School District at least thirty (30) days preceding the election; and must be registered to vote in said school district. 

9.      Can I register to vote on the day of the election?

Yes, you may register at the polling place on the day of the election. You must provide proof of your current address when you register.  This address must lie within the boundaries of the Boise School District in order for you to vote in this or any Boise School District election. You may prove your residence in any of the following ways:  current driver’s license or Idaho identification card; any document which contains a current address together with a picture ID; or a current student identification card from a post-secondary educational institution in Idaho accompanied by a current student fee statement with student’s address, along with a picture identification card.  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?

10.      Where do I vote?

You may use the Ada County Polling Place Locator by clicking here to find out where to vote.

11.    When will the polls be open?

The polls will be open from 8 a.m. to until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

12.    Will Early Voting and Absentee Balloting be provided?

Early Voting information may be found at Ada County Elections.

Registered voters may fill out and submit an absentee ballot request form now. The last day a request will accepted is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 3, 2017. 

Absentee ballot request forms must be completely filled out, including a signature and mailed to:
Ada County Elections Office
400 N. Benjamin Lane, Suite 100
Boise, ID 83704
Or faxed to: 208 287-6939

13.    Where can I obtain more information?

For more information, contact the following:

Clerk of the Board, 854-4123
Public Affairs & Information, 854-4064
Budget & Finance, 854-4029