According to a spokesperson with the Meigs County Board of Elections, as of Friday afternoon, 90 absentee ballots had been requested by voters. Voters can request absentee ballots via mail by noon on July 31. Voters may also vote absentee at the Meigs County Board of Elections until the close of business on Monday, Aug. 2. Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Aug. 3. When election day rolls around, if a voter has an absentee ballot that hasn’t been turned in, it can still be turned in but only at the Meigs County Board of Elections by 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 3 — not at a local precinct location.
There will be 24 poll workers on duty for the special election which will take place at four polling locations housing six precincts. Those precincts are: Lebanon located in the Portland Community Center, Letart located in the East Letart United Methodist Church, Racine Village and Racine Precinct located in Racine Baptist Church Christian Outreach Center, Syracuse Village and Minersville located in Syracuse Community Center.
Voters will be voting on a 2.7 mills bond issue (the local share of constructing the new high school) and mandated .5 mill maintenance levy for the new building — this maintenance levy would not go into effect until a similar maintenance levy for the elementary school expires in 2021.
The bond issue, which is for a maximum period of 37 years, will generate $3.9 million (the local share) of a $11.3 million project of which the state of Ohio will contribute $7.4 million, which is 75 percent of the construction costs of the new high school. If passed, collection of these taxes will start in 2013.
Supporters of the bond issue are holding a public meeting from 6-8 p.m., Monday, July 28 in the cafeteria at Southern Elementary. Residents are asked to bring their property tax statement so they can find out how much the bond issue would cost in relation to their property. The meeting is also meant to answer the public’s questions about the new high school which is proposed as an addition on to Southern Elementary School.
Supporters of the new high school have created a Power Point Presentation on “Bond Issue Basics.” The presentation can be found on the district’s website at southernlocalmeigs.org and contains a conceptual rendering of what the new high school addition would look like as well as a tax table allowing voters to see just how much the bond issue will cost them.
In order to vote in the special election, voters had to be a registered voter by July 5.