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Idaho House OKs bill placing restrictions on bonds

March 1, 2018

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s House has advanced legislation that would require cities, counties and other taxing districts to wait almost one year before a failed bond could be placed back on the election ballot.

Currently, it’s not unusual for taxing districts to immediately re-run a bond in the following election if it fails to get enough votes.

However, the trend has frustrated some lawmakers who say local officials should be mindful when voters fail to approve a bond and not subject residents to aggressive attempts to push the bond through by their government.

Critics counter that the funding is critical to providing community services. For examples, schools often rely on bonds to build or repair new facilities.

In Idaho, bonds need a two-thirds majority vote to pass.

House members approved the measure on Thursday. HB 639 now moves to the Senate.

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