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Vote 'yes' on facilities levy

Posted Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at 9:08 AM

Next Tuesday, voters will go to the polls to cast ballots in the Taxing Districts Election, a new concept for the state when it rewrote the elections laws last year and consolidated all the "little" elections into one big one.

Have pity on the poor county officials who are now responsible for handling all elections in the county. This is their first run at trying to sort out voters into the right elections at the polls, with each taxing district having different boundaries, and you can only imagine what kind of a nightmare that will be. So if any confusion develops, have some understanding.

These elections are more important than you might think. All of them will involve how your tax dollars are spent.

Many of the elections were canceled because only one person ran for the position. In future years, perhaps this consolidation will help draw more candidates into public service.

The most important vote Tuesday will be for the Mountain Home School District plant facilities levy. This levy, which has been reduced slightly this year, helps keep the district's aging buildings in shape. The district has done a good job keeping up the maintenance of these buildings, helping stave off requests for much more expensive new construction. This levy is desperately needed. Already facing a state budget cut of $1 million, the district would be hard pressed to find another million from its operations budget to fund needed upkeep and repairs. We strongly urge a vote in favor of continuing this levy.

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In related news, two positions are up for election to the school board. To replace retiring Tom Rodney, Rick Checketts is facing off against Gary Oyler for the Zone 3 position and incumbent Toni Reynolds is being challenged by Art Nelson for the Zone 1 post. Neither Nelson nor Oyler thought it was important to explain their positions in a questionnaire we mailed to each of the candidates, so neither we, nor the voters, have any idea where they stand on the issues. We suggest that any candidate who declines to answer questions from the public, who isn't interested in letting them know where they stand, should probably not hold a public trust.

We are not, however, endorsing any specific candidate for any position up for election. But we do urge voters to go to the polls. Over the years, sometimes only a handful of people have voted in some of these elections. That puts a lot of power in the hands of just a few voters, who may or may not be representative of the whole.

If you can't get to the polls next Tuesday, try and find time this week to pick up an absentee ballot at the courthouse. Democracy works only when the voters participate.

Let's make it work.

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VOTE NO on this "yet another" LEVY....VOTE NO. Make them live within a budget like the rest of us have to.

-- Posted by Trouble2011 on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 9:40 AM

Yeah, I don't think so.

-- Posted by CuriousParents on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 10:42 AM

If you voters don't know how the money is being spent, that is your fault. Go to school board meetings, request financial statements, then read them and ask questions. Or just remain as you are.

-- Posted by residentpast on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 11:54 AM


I also would suggest you read, read, and read some more. You need to go back and read about the last 11 years of info and research done during the last bond issues. You too would be very highly suspect as to how our money is spent and the honesty of administrations involved. During bond issues I did attend meetings, called for info and asked questions. I was told I had to pay for info here, but went to Boise and got it for free. I ended up going to Boise to do news research, went to the State web sites for honest student registration numbers for certain years, and also pay and facility budgets. All this AFTER the questions were asked here in Mtn. Home. So, maybe you need to do the resarch yourself including school bond related news articles from late 90's to current, and then come back with your views.

That being said, I still don't trust the current administration.

-- Posted by midea on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 12:30 PM

Wow Kelly...they did not think your questions were important enough!

Could it be that the last time you talked to one of these people before the did not represent the facts and injected mostly opinion? Good reason not to respond to our slanted paper. Keep it up. You will throw this election too. Oh wait. That is just what you want to do.

Well done. Now all we need is a paper that serves this community and presents the facts without all of the bull and opinion. Worry less about an invite to the next BBQ and more about reporting.

-- Posted by OpinionMissy on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 9:33 PM

hahahaha HECK NO!!!

-- Posted by Moanah on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 11:27 PM


-- Posted by shockwave on Thu, May 12, 2011, at 12:17 PM

midea appears to have done the homework, but like so many cannot or will not trust anyone. I've seen a lot of those figues on State Department of Educations website and they don't always answer all my questions either, but do provide info for trending. It is unfortunate that you can not get answers you need locally, which leads to mistrust you have for current admin. You seem to like to dig so keep digging.

-- Posted by residentpast on Thu, May 12, 2011, at 1:48 PM

M son can say that! I also have a lady friend who is AF and over in Afghanistan.

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Fri, May 13, 2011, at 7:58 AM

You probably earned more than you get and most military retirees have lost their promised free health care for life and are paying for it. But I guess they needed the vets money to pay for illegal health care? Just asking.

-- Posted by skeeter on Fri, May 13, 2011, at 9:45 AM

JYD has already been asked by me the time spend in the military and in combat or support of combat, His answer was not going to write a resume to satify to curious people. Sure looks to me like it leaves him hanging out and just jealous because of us that served and retired get a few bucks a month for it and also have to pay taxes to Federal and State on that retirment pay, nothing like paying a part of your own pay check.

Retired pays for their health insurance at a low rate compared to civilians under 65 then another program kicks in plus medicare which we have to pay for out of the Social Security money. So you wonder boys that didn't serve or retire from the military get off my butt about the retirement pay and others get.

-- Posted by Eagle_eye on Fri, May 13, 2011, at 3:54 PM

And when you signed up you thought you were going to get health care free and then along comes tri care....I still can't figure out how they could do that to those that signed before tri care was in place

My SS is $151.00 a month out of that I pay $110.00 for my medicare leaving me a big whooping $41.00. If they cut medicare I wonder if I will get any ss. lol !

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Fri, May 13, 2011, at 4:35 PM

JYD.......THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE HERE I DONT AGREE WITH ALL THE TIME BUT THIS TIME,IM WITH THEM...........WHO ARE YOU TO TELL US WHO SERVED ABOUT WHAT WE SHOULD FEEL ABOUT WHAT WE EARNED..YOU MAY HAVE GREAT (BONIFIDES) DONT KNOW AND DONT CARE...........Dont even attempt to tell us about broken promises,or our 1099,or anything else that goes with 20 plus years service to ensure your (right) to degrade us. WE EARNED EVERY PENNY OF IT.... . THE NEXT TIME THEY NEED PEOPLE PLEASE HURRY UP AND VOLUNTEER.....BETTER STILL DO IT NOW............


-- Posted by lamont on Fri, May 13, 2011, at 10:35 PM

I haven't been on in a while, and I wish I could vote no on the levy, but I don't think my absentee ballot will make it to Afghanistan in time. Hopefully it doesn't pass.


Are you serious? Zook, through his blog has put it all out there, no pounding chest required. There are many of us on these blogs that know what others and ourselves have given up in life, happiness, and sound mind, for the good of AMERICA.

If it was all about the money, why have I deployed seven times as military for the guard? I make three times as much in my civilian job as I do when I am activated. I work as a contractor overseas, but when my unit deploys, I VOLUNTEER to deploy as an E-7, making 1/3 of what I do as a contractor. I am not required, but it is my duty. There are many folks just like me out there, losing money when we deploy.

So yeah any time you want to flop it out, I am more than willing to find a ruler.

-- Posted by Conservative on Sat, May 14, 2011, at 12:17 AM

Conservative Stay safe and please keep in touch with us when you can.

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Sat, May 14, 2011, at 8:52 AM

THE MORE I thought about.....JWD.......the madder I GOT......MY brother taught 35 yrs in the system,yes he's retired...yes his benefits are great,better than yours im sure JWD and the only thing he ever said to me was THANKYOU.


-- Posted by lamont on Sat, May 14, 2011, at 9:27 AM

AMNEN TO THAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by lamont on Mon, May 16, 2011, at 8:57 AM

GET out and VOTE NO on yet another LEVY/TAX or what ever you like to call it. Make them live with in a budget. Lets change the School Board and vote down yet another tax, heck they just got a levy past last election. They must think we are really gullible.

-- Posted by Trouble2011 on Tue, May 17, 2011, at 11:04 AM

JYD........WERE ARE WE SOPPOSED TO GET THE MONEY FROM ????????? I for one have lost 100.000.00 in 2 yrs in value on my properties.My taxes have not changed.You need to be angry at ADMIN you cannot come at us 2 yrs in a row and expect us to say yes, you are trying to pile one lvey on top of another.DID someone tell admin that we were making more money.,BECAUSE IF THEY DID THEY LIED.

Tell admin to post the entire budget in the paper with there needs and then we will consider it.....I for one want to know were the money is going.

As for your comment about our retirment cks let me inform you.....we payed taxes from those checks while on active duty and we pay taxes on them now,Did you know they just upped our taxes ?????? yes we got a taxe hike mine was approx $50.00 did your taxes go up ????????? THE PRICE OF FOOD IS RISING,GASE,ETC.....nothing is changing for us except time.

NOW the calling of names "APES" I had enough of that after NAMM and i dont need it now so next time you want to call names scream at yourself.

MEDICAL SERVICE,FIR DEPT ,ALL COME UNDER SCRUTINY and believe it or not they get complained about and chastised also,i know i do a lot of it.

I DID NOT LIKE SAYING NO,I FOR ONE DONT DENY MY GRANDS TO MUCH,THEY ASK THEY GET.This was one step to far.beliieve me i know what a new gymn floor cost.1 levy with everything in it,with justification,and then live with it,money does not grow on trees and those of us who own property and live on fixed incomes dont have a lot of room to play.........IF YOUR MAD SO ARE WE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by lamont on Sun, May 22, 2011, at 6:00 PM

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