School levy vote set for March 5

Published: Monday, January 14, 2013 at 09:49 AM.

“We would not have to hold early voting for this kind of election and that would dramatically reduce the costs,” Hanlon said. “We would still have absentee ballots available for anyone who wishes to vote that way, but we would not early voting.”

On March 5, all polling places in all county precincts would be open the typical hours for election day, 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. ET or 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. CT.

Voting by mail would also require Hanlon to submit a plan to the state Division of Elections for approval, which would likely push the date back at least two weeks.

“We don’t need to spend any more than we have to and we want to know what we are dealing with as quick as we can,” said board member John Wright.

If voters do not approve the extension of the mil operating levy, Wright said, the results could be “ugly” and the board will need as much lead time before budget crafting for the coming fiscal year as possible.

What the district is asking is for voters to approve extending the additional mil operating levy for four years in order to stave off drastic reductions.

“This is a renewal tax, it is not the creation of a new tax,” said Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton. “We have cut funding for the past four years but maintained standards. For us to continue the integrity of the product we are providing for the good of Gulf County we need this funding.”

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