Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Multiple area special elections taking place today

Patrons of the IKM-Manning School District will head to the polls today to cast their ballot that will determine the fate of a $19.2-million dollar bond issue to “provide funds to renovate, remodel, repair, improve, furnish and equip” district facilities, including HVAC, safety and security improvements, AND to construct, furnish and equip an addition to the Manning School Building, and to improve the site.

The addition would create a K-12 center, in Manning. School officials say one factor voters may consider, is a drop in interest rates due to the pandemic, that helps the district secure $3.2 million of the project cost without taxing. In addition to the renovation of the elementary section, built in 1958, the bond will also help pay for upgrades in the next few years to the high school, which was added in the 1970s. The District has said the approximate overall tax rate impact for the District, is $2.00 per $1,000 taxable valuation, or an additional $100.45 per year on residential property valued at $100,000, and $180 for Commercial property with the same valuation.

If the referendum fails to garner enough votes to pass, a new vote may be scheduled for a year from Tuesday. In the mean time, the IKM-Manning Board will have to make some tough decisions on budgeting for the needs of both the Manning and Irwin school sites. The polls are open from 7-a.m. until 8-p.m., today. Polling sites are as follows:

- Crawford County voters: Mannila Fire Station (553 Main St., Manilla)

- Shelby & Audubon County voters: The Irwin Community Building (404 Ann St., Irwin)

- Carroll County voters: Sacred Heart Church Hall (9203 Sue St., Manning)


There are other special elections taking place today, one of them is in Carroll. As voters within the city are being asked to vote on Public Measure C, which is to authorize a one percent sales and service tax from Jan 1st of 2024 until a call for repeal. Roughly 7.6 million of those proceeds will be used to pay for a portion of the proposed 13.38 million dollar renovations and additions to the Carroll Rec Center. Carroll voters are also being asked to vote on public measure D, which is asking Carroll Property owners to approve the issuance of general obligation bonds not to exceed 5.9 million dollars to fund the remainder of the project. The single polling location for this vote is in Carroll at the First United Methodist Church.

The other vote nearby is for voters in the East Sac County School district as they are being asked to approve a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy to assist with updates and renovations as the distrcit moves from four to two sites. The 10 year PPEL ask is not to exceed $1 for every $1,000 in assessed taxable value. Voters can vote at either the 4-H building at the Sac County Fairgrounds or at the Lake View American Legion Hall from 7 am to 8 pm.


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