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As well as voting on a congressman, the statewide offices and initiatives and their county offices, some eastern Idahoans will have additional decisions to make on Nov. 6.

Fremont County voters will be asked their opinion on building wildlife crossings over a section of U.S. Highway 20 near Island Park. And voters in four local school districts will have supplemental levies before them.

The Fremont County vote is an advisory one, meaning the results won’t bind the Idaho Transportation Department or any other government entity. Some local residents and environmental groups support building wildlife overpasses and fencing in the area near the Montana border, saying they will reduce vehicle/animal collisions. Other residents and some local officials oppose it, with arguments against it including the cost and the effect they would have on the area’s appearance. The overpasses are being considered in the context of possibly making more extensive upgrades to Highway 20.

In Bingham County, the city of Blackfoot and Aberdeen School District 58 are each taking another swing at proposals that have failed before. In Blackfoot, voters will vote on a $3.9 million, 20-year bond to make renovations to the city’s swimming pool. Voters rejected larger $5 million pool upgrade proposals twice last year. And in Aberdeen, the school district is once again seeking voter support for a $275,000-a-year, 10-year property tax levy to make upgrades to some of the district’s facilities. Both of these measures need two-thirds support to pass. The school district’s proposal failed in August.

Teton School District 451 voters are being asked to approve a $3.1 million-per-year, two-year supplemental property tax levy. And in West Jefferson School District 453 voters are being asked to approve a $300,000 yearly, two-year levy. Both levies are renewals of existing ones.

There won’t be any bonds, levies or local initiatives on the ballot in Lemhi, Butte, Bonneville, Clark or Madison counties.

Information on Custer County wasn’t available by press time.

Reporter Nathan Brown can be reached at 208-542-6757. Follow him on Twitter: @NateBrownNews.


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