Your vote counts in both school and bond elections

by Tom Simplot

Nov 1, 2015

If you are a registered voter, you are likely receiving mail right now asking you to vote yes on an “override” for your local school district.


School override elections generate additional tax revenue to fund local school districts. The funds augment what the state provides, and are often targeted for teacher salaries, benefits, supplies, art, music, and other operations.


These elections tend to draw only very committed voters and can be decided by a small number of votes. Some people think that if they live in an apartment, or they don’t have children, these elections don’t affect them. Of course, this isn’t the case. Schools, especially good schools, affect everyone in the neighborhood. They are points of pride and can attract investment to an area.


If you have a student in school, take the time to learn about the upcoming override election in your district and vote. Many families who live in apartments took the time to research the school district before they moved, and great school districts can attract families to an area.


Some cities and are holding bond elections. These elections, slated for Tuesday, Nov. 3, also typically draw smaller turnouts. The community projects in these bond proposals range from transportation to public safety and quality-of-life projects. There’s lots of information online about these elections. I urge you to do your research and get involved in the election — VOTE.