By Kendra Evensen, firstname.lastname@example.orgÂ
It was a tough night in Bingham County, with only one bond passing and three other requests failing.
While Firth will get its $3.7 million special revenue bond, Bingham County wonâ€™t be joining the new community college district, Blackfoot wonâ€™t be getting funds to renovate and upgrade its pool, and Snake River School District wonâ€™t be getting more money to improve school sites and facilities and address other needs.
Voters approved Firthâ€™s special revenue bond that will be used to improve sanitary sewer system facilities. More than 60 people supported it and only 4 voted against the request.
But an effort to add Bingham County to the College of Eastern Idahoâ€™s community college district failed with 3,046 (more than 60 percent) of voters disapproving of the idea on Tuesday. Only 1,964 people voted to join the district.
While Blackfootâ€™s request for a $5 million bond to extend the life of its 40-plus-year-old indoor swimming pool garnered a majority 1,163 votes (more than 61 percent), it came shy of the supermajority it needed. There were 739 votes cast against the proposal.
The city sought a similar swimming pool bond earlier this year, which also narrowly failed to pass.
Snake River School District, which was seeking a $750,000 school plant facilities reserve fund levy each year for 10 years, also garnered a majority of votes on Tuesday, but not enough.
That request also failed to get a supermajority approval, with only 521 voting for the levy and 433 voting against it.