Education
5:34 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Nampa Asks Voters For More Money Despite Budget Debacle

The Nampa School District is going into the school year with a $2.8 million shortfall. The reason: an accounting error that had gone undiscovered since last school year. That information comes to light as the district prepares for a $1.6 million levy vote August 28th. The question on many people’s minds is, how will the shortfall announcement influence voters?

Lynn Borud sells real estate in Nampa. He also heads up the volunteer effort trying to convince Nampa voters to approve the school levy. Borud says some voters will be more inclined to vote for it because they know the district is now even more strapped for cash. But he also knows that some voters will be less likely to trust the district with their tax dollars.

“We have to do a much better job of networking and building confidence in people,” he says. “But I think we rally and we realize  if we’re going to go into the school year with a $2.8 million deficit we’re absolutely committed to pass the levy.”  

Borud says his campaign relies mainly on networking. Volunteers contact people they think would support it and ask them to contact others.

In March Nampa voters rejected a much larger levy request.