Election Day and Middleton’s Supplemental Levy
Please Vote: Election Day is May 19; ballots due by June 2
This spring's Election Day is going to be historic in that all voting will occur through absentee voting. No polling places will be open. All votes will be cast by absentee ballot. Voters must request absentee ballots before 8 p.m. on May 19. They are sent to voters’ homes. The voter then fills out the ballot and returns it to Canyon County Elections by 8 p.m. June 2.
To facilitate this process, requests for absentee ballots can now be made online. Please note, it can take up to 14 days to receive your ballot after making a request.
How to Vote by Mail:
- Request a ballot. To vote in the May 19th Primary Election, you will need to complete the absentee ballot request form. You can complete the form online, or return the hard copy form to Canyon County Elections by mail, fax, email, or dropping it in the absentee ballot drop box in front of their office. You may request an absentee ballot online up to May 19, 2020, for the primary election. Please allow seven to 10 days to process your request.
- Complete your ballot. Take the time to completely fill out your ballot.
- Return your ballot to Canyon County Elections. Once you are done voting, you need to return your ballot to Canyon County Elections. You can return your ballot by mail or drop it off at the Elections Office. All ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on June 2nd in order to be counted.
Canyon County Elections
1102 E. Chicago St.
Caldwell, ID 83605
Please Note: The supplemental ballot question may be on the backside of the ballot.
Middleton Proposes Renewing Supplemental Levy
The Middleton School District is proposing to renew its existing supplemental levy, raising it from $1.31 to $1.5 million per year for each of the next two years. The funding from the supplemental levy is used for the school district's general operations. In the Middleton School District, like most school districts, the majority of funding from both the state and from voter-approved supplemental levies goes to the cost of staff salaries and benefits.
If the community votes to renew the supplemental levy for two more years, it will help offset recently announced budget cuts at the state level. If the community does not vote to renew the current supplemental levy, current levels of operation will be adjusted or reduced. The proposed supplemental levy is not additional funding.
What is a supplemental levy? A supplemental levy is a levy allowed under Idaho Code that allows school districts to ask voters to provide additional funding for any school district’s operational costs. The revenue can be used for any expenditure that is allowable under Idaho Code.
What is the percentage threshold for passage of a supplemental levy election? Supplemental levies require a 50% plus one vote to be approved or a 50% minus one to be rejected by the voters.
What is the history of supplemental levies in the Middleton School District? The Middleton School District has asked voters since 2004 to approve supplemental levies. Those levies have been approved either every year or every other year.
Where can I learn more about the supplemental levy?
Information is posted on the School District website.
If the proposed supplemental levy passes, taxpayers will save $5.00 per $100,000 of taxable value. Although there is an increase to the supplemental levy, the bond will be decreased, resulting in an overall tax decrease to taxpayers.
This is what the ballot states:
Shall the Board of Trustees of School District No. 134, Canyon County, State of Idaho, be authorized and empowered to levy a Supplemental Levy, as provided in Section 33-802(3), Idaho Code, in the amount of one million five hundred thousand dollars ($1,500,000) per year for two (2) years, commencing with the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2022, for the purpose of financing any lawful expenses of maintaining and operating the District; all as provided in the Resolution adopted by the Board of Trustees on March 18, 2020?
The estimated average annual cost to the taxpayer on the proposed levy is a tax of $94 per $100,000 of taxable assessed value, per year, based on current conditions. The proposed levy will replace the District’s existing supplemental levy which currently costs $82 per $100,000, resulting in a net increase of $12 per $100,000 of assessed value per year. The District has a bond levy that currently costs $309 per $100,000 of taxable assessed value, which is expected to decline to $292 per $100,000 of taxable assessed value. Therefore, the proposed supplemental levy produces a decrease in the combined costs per $100,000 of taxable assessed value of $5.
IN FAVOR OF AUTHORIZING A SUPPLEMENTAL LEVY IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,500,000 PER YEAR FOR TWO (2) YEARS
AGAINST AUTHORIZING A SUPPLEMENTAL LEVY IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,500,000 PER YEAR FOR TWO (2) YEARS
Middleton trustees will ask voters a second time to approve $1.5 million supplemental levy for schools
The Middleton School District Board of Trustees, after a lengthy discussion, voted 4-1 March 18, to ask patrons a second time to approve a $1.5 million supplemental levy for the next two years.
See the FAQs regarding the district and what it means to the district and taxpayers.
Middleton’s levy request will be on the May 19 primary ballot and will require a simple majority for passage. The March 10 levy failed, which means the current $1.3 million supplemental levy will expire if it is not renewed.
Middleton trustees told Superintendent Sherawn Reberry that district staff needs to prepare two budgets: one if the levy passes and one if the levy fails. The proposed budget cuts are listed here.
The intent, trustees said, is for the community to better understand the school district’s needs and what it will mean to education programming and students if cuts are made because the supplemental funds are not available.
A budget committee will be appointed. Trustees Derek Moore and Briggs Miller will serve on the committee, along with district staff, including Business Manager and Treasurer Cheryl Sanderson. A few community members and parents will be asked to serve as well.
Reberry told trustees Wednesday that she already planned to make some cuts, now that she has been able to learn more about Middleton School District’s operations, since starting in August. Those cuts would have happened even if the supplemental levy had passed because the district has been overspending the past three of four years.
Those planned reductions include some restructuring at the administrative level, child nutrition services and transportation routes.
Without the levy, Reberry said in March, the district will also consider some or all of these options:
- Freeze pay;
- Reduce staff through attrition;
- Explore outsourcing some services;
- Consider a 4-day school week;
- Eliminate some classified positions;
- Eliminate transportation services that are not reimbursed;
- Move to a “pay-to-play” system where students would help pay for extra-curricular activities, since those programs are not supported with state funds;
- Delay science curriculum adoption, opting only for a pilot program, even though the state has adopted new science standards
Trustee Marianne Blackwell voted no, stating the district must rebuild trust.
Discussion also focused on creating a better awareness campaign and providing more details to voters about the needs for the district and what it would mean if the current supplemental levy expires.
Reberry said some parents have offered to organize a “yes campaign.”