By ROBERT S. MERRILL
DAYTON – Patrons of the West Side School District overwhelmingly supported an annual supplemental levy override election on Tuesday, with 99 supporting the measure. Some 14 cast no votes.
Only a simple majority was necessary to approve the levy. The results are unofficial until Franklin County Commissioners canvass them and that is expected on Thursday morning, according to Camille Larsen, county elections clerk.
She said the election this year was conducted by the Franklin County Clerk’s office. A new law, passed two years ago by the Idaho Legislature, places the county clerk’s office in charge of all elections in the county and includes all school district, city, fire and library district elections, among others.
Polling places for the override were at the West Side High School Library, the Clifton Community Center and the LDS Church in Weston.
School officials asked patron support of the $90,000 override. The district asked exactly the same amount of monies it has in the past and passage of the levy did not increase property taxes for West Side patrons.
The override has been conducted in the West Side District every year since the district was organized in 1947.
Monies generated from that levy subsidize funding the district receives from the state. It goes towards maintenance and operation of the school district.
School officials said this was the largest turnout for a levy election in recent years.
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