Emergency levy passed in Meridian School District

MERIDIAN, Idaho (KBOI) -- Board members for the Meridian School District passed a $2.5 million emergency levy Tuesday night.

"We are just a district that is used to getting new kids and the law allows you to pass these one time levies to help accommodate those new students, so I would expect it would be approved," said Eric Exline, spokesman for the Meridian School District.

The emergency levy compensates for the additional kids at the district every year and this year there are 600 new students.

The money will be used to buy extra desks and books for these students.

It breaks down to a four dollar increase a year for taxpayers.

"I think it's a great thing," said James Mandery, a Meridian resident and parent. "Idaho is one of the worst states IN the nation for education and the more money we put into it the better, raise taxes, raise our education standards."

If the levy hadn't passed, teachers would have been cut and classrooms that are already big would have gotten bigger.