BLACKFOOT — Voters defeated a supplemental levy request in Firth and elected a few new faces to local school boards.
Voters in the Firth School District defeated the request for a two-year, $300,000 supplemental levy. More than 43 percent of registered voters in the Firth School District cast their vote, with 45.2 percent supporting the levy—a difference of 80 votes. A simple majority was needed to pass the levy.
Firth officials hoped to use the levy funds to reduce the impact of state budget cuts.
This is the second time in two years voters in Firth defeated a request for a supplemental levy. Last year, 48 percent of voters supported a $250,000 levy.
In Blackfoot, Jenny Hong defeated incumbent J.D. Tolman in Zone 2 for a seat on the Blackfoot School Board of Trustees. Hong, a stay-at-home mom, received 316 votes and 75 percent of the vote. Tolman, a 10-year board member and chairman of the board, received 105 votes.
In Zone 3, R. Scott Reese defeated Marilyn Cottam on an 84-37 vote. Reese was appointed in January to fill the Zone 3 seat on the board. He was the mayor of Blackfoot for 12 years.
In Shelley, incumbent Loren Lund defeated Eva Ochoa. Lund received 108 votes; Ochoa received 62 votes. Lund has served four years on the Shelley School Board.
In Snake River, newcomer Walter D. Aldous defeated incumbent Carol Hepworth by 39 votes. Aldous received 116 votes and Hepworth received 77. Hepworth has served on the board for seven years. Aldous has worked for the Snake River School District for 16 years as a bus driver.