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Posted on Feb 5, 2015

Get those ballots in by Feb. 10

With less than a week to go before the Feb. 10 special election, just more than a quarter of the ballots mailed to registered voters in the Quincy School District have been returned.

The Grant County Elections Office on Wednesday afternoon reported 1,162 ballots had been returned. The department mailed out 4,181 ballots on Jan. 23.

There’s still time to get ballots in; ballots must be postmarked by Feb. 10 to be counted in the election.
The school district is asking voters to approve a four-year maintenance and operations levy that would generate about $7.7 million a year.

The proposed M&O levy needs more than 50 percent approval to pass. Some levy highlights include:

  • The current M&O levy expires at the end of 2015. It accounts for about 23 percent of the QSD budget.
  • The current tax levy rate is $3.32 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The school district is proposing a new rate of $3.05.
  • The replacement levy rate, if passed, would be about $2.91 in 2017, $2.77 in 2018 and $2.65 in 2019.
  • The proposed levy would collect more money from year to year, collecting about $8.4 million in 2019.