Idaho districts explore ideas to avoid ‘bond fatigue’

West Ada School District trustee Mike Vuittonet frequently hears from residents that Treasure Valley’s growth should “pay for itself.”

In West Ada, property owners have been paying off $234 million of bond debt dating back to 2002.

Idaho is one of a handful of states that uses bonds and levies — property tax increases that must be approved by voters — as the only way to fund new construction in school districts. That means local taxpayers have to foot the bill for most new school construction, often with interest.


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