LISTEN: CWI Trustee Discusses Bond Defeat And Next Steps

Nov 11, 2016

CWI Trustee Emily Walton

A 180-million-dollar bond to fund a two-pronged expansion for the College of Western Idaho failed to get the necessary supermajority it needed to pass at the polls Tuesday. The 25-year bond would have gone toward growing CWI’s main campus in Nampa as well as establishing a presence in Boise.

In order to pass, the measure – which would have raised taxes – needed a 67 percent approval rating. Instead, it got 57 percent. The defeat means the college’s trustees now have to consider their next step for the growing institution. 

Our Scott Graf spoke with Emily Walton, one of five CWI trustees, and asked for her reaction to the defeat. 

Correction: In the original version of this story, we incorrectly reported the percentage of voters who voted in favor of the bond. 

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