Challis, Mackay, Butte levies pass

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Voters in Challis Joint School District #181 overwhelmingly renewed an operations and maintenance levy by a vote of 298 to 89 in Tuesday’s school levy election.

The unofficial totals from the Custer County Clerk’s office include the Lemhi County portion of the school district in Pahsimeroi Valley. Voters there approved the levy 25-15.

A simple majority was needed to renew the two-year, $400,000 per year supplemental levy.

“We’re very excited the community supports our schools,” Superintendent Peter McPherson said.

Challis district voter turnout overall was low, with only 20.4 percent voting, according to unofficial clerk’s office numbers. Out of 2,829 eligible voters, only 578 went to the polls Tuesday.

By contrast, 58 percent of voters living on the north side of the Pahsimeroi River voted in the election.


Mackay School District #182 voters in Custer County also approved a five-year plant facilities reserve fund levy by a 125-64 margin. A few Butte County voters also approved the levy, 4-2. The Mackay district’s plant facilities levy raises funds for building repairs and maintenance, starting at $121,641 this year and increasing each year to $136,908 by 2021.

The Battleground Precinct in the Mackay school district had the highest voter turnout at 62.4 percent, according to Custer County Clerk’s office.


Butte County voters living in Butte County Joint School District #111 approved a two-year, $65,000 per year plant facilities levy 129-26 and a two-year, $160,000 per year supplemental levy 125-30. A couple of Custer County voters living in a small sliver of the district also approved the levies 2-0.

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