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Election brings mix of new, old faces to council, board

by EMILY BONSANT
Hagadone News Network | November 4, 2021 1:00 AM

Story has been edited for correction.

BOUNDARY COUNTY — There will be a mix of new and old faces on the city council and school board following Tuesday’s election.

Brion Poston received 320 votes, or 40.71% of the votes, earning him the seat on the Bonners Ferry City Council currently held by Adam Arthur, who opted not to seek reelection Ron Smith received 283 votes, or 36.01% of the votes, allowing him to retain his seat on the council. Robert Lavala received 183 votes with 23.28% of the total votes.

In Boundary County School Board’s Zone 2 election, Mary Fioravanti received 213 votes, or 54.9% of the vote, to defeat incumbent Susan Weed and Micheal Underhill. Weed received 130 votes, or 33.51% and Underhill received 45 votes, or 11.6%

In the Boundary County School Board’s Zone 5 race, Teresa Rae received 239 votes, or 67.51% of the vote to defeat David Wilson. Wilson received 159 votes, or 32.48% of the vote.

For the county, the ambulance levy did receive 850 votes with 803 against. Although the levy received a majority of votes it did not earn a 2/3 majority and did not pass.

The levy’s purpose was to maintain an advanced life support paramedic unit in the Boundary County Ambulance Service District.

The proposed levy would have increased the mill rate amount from four-hundredths percent (.04%) of the market value for assessment purposes to six-hundredths percent (.06%). This means that an average annual cost increase for taxpayers will be an additional $28 on top of the already $32.09 in taxes per $100,000 of taxable assessed value.

Taxpayers will still pay $32 per $100,000 of taxable assessed value in order to maintain an advanced life support paramedic unit in the Boundary County Ambulance Service District.