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2020 Supplemental Levy

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What’s on the March 10, 2020 ballot?

Caldwell School District voters will be asked to consider a two-year supplemental levy to provide $4.1 million each year. The levy would renew and increase an existing levy which expires June 30, 2020.


What is the tax impact if this levy passes?

The district’s estimated rate would be the same $3.66 per $1,000 of taxable property value or $366 per $100,000 of taxable property value.  See chart below:


Caldwell School District Estimated

Cost Per $100,000 of Assessed Taxable Property Value


Current levies

Proposed levies  

Plant facilities









Tort - insurance



Total taxes




What are these taxes ?


Our overall property tax is made of up four pieces with specific uses:

  • Plant facilities - approved by voters and only used for repair and update of district buildings and facilities
  • Bonds - approved by voters and only used for building and equipping schools
  • Supplemental - approved by voters may be used for any district expense
  • Tort - set in law used only for insurance


What is a supplemental levy? 


For more than 50 years, Caldwell School District patrons have approved a supplemental levy to help meet the needs of all of our students. The supplemental levy provides funds for necessary operations that are not fully covered by state funding. This includes operational costs such as classroom materials,  textbooks, school resource officers, aides, etc. By law, supplemental levies expire in two years and must be renewed by voters to continue. Our supplemental levy expires June 30, 2020.


How will the proposed supplemental levy be used? 


The levy will be used to preserve class sizes and continue the high quality programs that make our schools a great choice for students including:

  • Advanced Placement classes
  • Art 
  • Band
  • Elementary and Secondary Orchestra
  • Elementary specials (i.e. music, library, PE, STEM) 
  • Choir
  • Drama
  • Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM)
  • School Safety (School Resource Officers)
  • Sports &
  • More
How do Caldwell School District property taxes compare to other Canyon County school districts?
At $3.66 per $1,000 of taxable value our tax is among the lowest. The rate would not increase under the proposal. See chart below. Date Source: Idaho State Department of Education - Tax Levies for School Purposes FY2020
property tax comparisons

Has the tax rate ever dropped? 


Yes. The rate dropped this year to the lowest level in 10 years. See chart below:


Historic tax rate



What if the levy fails?


The School Board and district administration would need to identify cuts between $2.5 and $4.1 million for the coming school year. The largest expenditure in our budget is personnel at 80%.




Who is eligible to vote?


Individuals who are:

  • U.S. citizens
  • Caldwell School District residents
  • Age 18 or older on March 10 Election Day
  • Are registered voters


Who should register?


If you have never voted or this is your first election or you have moved, you should register.

You may check your registration status using this online tool. Individuals may pre-register through Friday, Feb. 14 or register on March 10 Election Day at your polling place. 


Is early voting available?


Yes. Weekdays, Feb. 24 to March 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Canyon County Election Office, 1102 E. Chicago, Caldwell. 


Is “vote by mail” an option?


Yes. Registered voters may request a ballot be mailed to them. Here’s how:


  • Step 1: Complete this form. The form is also posted on this page. Note: March 10 also is the presidential primary to vote in the presidential primary a voter must declare a party affiliation. Party affiliation is not required for the levy election.
  • Step 2:  No later than 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28:
    • Scan completed form to OR   
    • Mail or drop off completed form to Canyon County County Elections Office, 1102 E. Chicago, Caldwell, ID 83605.
  • Step 3: When the ballot arrives in the mail, compete it and return by mail or in person at the election office. 

I have a disability and need assistance to vote, who do I contact?

Canyon County is committed to ensuring no qualified individual with a disability is, by reason of such disability, excluded from participating in or is denied the right to vote. Contact the Canyon County Elections Office, Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 208.454.7562. or email


I do not speak or read English, is there translation support to vote?


A phone-based translation service is available at polling places. 
Voters needing this support should ask for it on Election Day March 10 or when voting early at the Canyon County Election Office 1102 E. Chicago, Caldwell, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Election Office officials said individuals may also bring a translator with them when they vote.
For more information call: 1.208.454.7562


Where do I vote on Election Day Tuesday, March 10 ?

By Feb. 7, Canyon County will set polling places for March 10. Polling places do change! Please check using this online tool or call 208.454.7562 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.