Rock Creek Rural Fire Protection District Property Tax Levy
Some voters in Twin Falls and Cassia counties will vote on a property tax levy for the Rock Creek Rural Fire Protection District. The levy would add $512,000 to the district’s current levy for additional personnel, and maintaining and operating the district. The levy rate would increase from .00117 to .002. That means a homeowner now paying $58 per year in taxes to the fire district would pay $100 if the levy passes. A levy was also on the ballot in October but failed.
Rock Creek Fire Station is Kimberly is manned only during business hours, Chief Jason Keller told the Times-News in October. If the levy passes, the district will be able to man the station 24/7.
The district protects eastern Twin Falls County, from 3300 East to the Cassia County line and from the Snake River Canyon to the National Forest Service boundary. The district also covers emergency medical services for the area.
Kimberly School District Special Bond and Plant Facilities Levy
Kimberly could build a new elementary school if voters approve a $14 million bond.
School trustees voted unanimously in February to move forward with two ballot measures: one for a new school and a 10-year, $300,000 annual plant facilities levy.
The district wants to upgrade facilities and build a new elementary school to keep up with rapid enrollment growth. Kimberly Elementary — one of the largest elementary schools in Idaho — is already crowded, with nearly 900 students.
If voters pass the ballot measures, tax rates are expected to remain steady, Superintendent Luke Schroeder said, because an existing bond for Kimberly High School will be paid off this year — three years sooner than expected.
Plus, the district’s $300,000 annual supplemental levy, used for basic operating expenses, expires this spring.
Instead of asking voters to renew it, school officials want seek a levy for building maintenance.
“As funding has increased from the state, we want to focus on being proactive with our facilities,” Schroeder said.
Plant facilities money can be used for expenses such as school renovations and buying land and new school buses.
A 20-year bond totaling $14 million would pay for a new elementary school, upgrades to the existing Kimberly Elementary School and buying land for a future school site.
The bond will require a two-thirds supermajority to pass.
Districtwide, student numbers have doubled in 20 years. And the district — with more than 1,800 students — grew 4 percent this year alone.
Building a new elementary school would cost about $11 million and the project would be done by June 2018.
Bond money would also pay for a cosmetic facelift and upgrading safety features at Kimberly Elementary. Work could be completed by January 2019.
Power County School Bond
Some voters in Cassia County will vote on a $12.5 million school bond to build a new school in American Falls.
Burley City Levy
Mini-Cassia voters will decide whether to increase a levy in Burley by $140,000 for two years. The levy would be used for construction, repair and maintenance of Burley city streets and related equipment, materials and personnel.
Ketchum City Bond
The city of Ketchum wants voters to pass a 30-year $23.1 million bond for a new police station, city hall and fire station.
Hailey Street Levy
Voters in Hailey will decide whether to pass a two-year $400,000 levy to repair, design and build sidewalks, bike paths, trails and bike and pedestrian infrastructure on city streets. The city says the levy will help pedestrians, bicyclists and cars move more safety through the city.
Sun Valley Local Option Tax Renewal
Sun Valley’s local option tax expires in 2017, but voters will decide on May 17 whether to renew it for another 10 years. The ballot measure needs 60 percent of voters to approve it. If approved, the city would also add a 1 percent tax to sales of building materials that are delivered into Sun Valley for the first time.
Ketchum Cemetery District
Ketchum voters will also decide whether the city’s cemetery district will annex several lots of land.