Friday, January 24, 2014

BRIEFS


Public invited to help with superintendent search
    The Blaine County School District board of trustees is seeking community input as it selects a new district superintendent. The community can help by completing an online survey and/or attending an open forum to help identify the most important characteristics for a new superintendent.
    The survey is anonymous, but survey results and comments will be made available to the public. The survey can be found at www.blaineschools.org, under the News, Superintendent Search and Your Voice. The survey closes Friday, Feb. 7.
    The survey is part of a larger community engagement process that will include open forums. The forums are scheduled for the following dates and times: Monday, Feb. 3, 8:15-9:15 a.m. at the Wood River YMCA; Monday, Feb. 3, 6-7 p.m. at the Community Campus; Tuesday, Feb. 4, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Community Campus; Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1-2 p.m. at the Community Campus; Tuesday, Feb,. 4, at 4 p.m. in the Carey School.
    For questions, please contact Heather Crocker, communications director, at 578-5005.

Otter open to shifting food credit to tax cut
    BOISE, Idaho (AP)—Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter would consider a proposal from House Speaker Scott Bedke to shift money from a popular grocery tax credit to individual and corporate income tax cuts.
    “Convince me,” Otter told The Associated Press Wednesday, on how he’s approaching Bedke’s proposal.
    Idaho residents now claim the grocery credit, worth up to $100 for each person in a household, or $120 for those over 65.
    However, Bedke would limit beneficiaries to low-income residents and redirect $70 million to $80 million in savings to cutting Idaho’s tax rate to 6.95 percent, from 7.4 percent.
    He says it would spur business.
    Otter championed increasing the credit since 2008 to offset sales tax paid on food, but now says he’s willing to entertain redirecting the money, for tax relief or education funding.




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