Ballots were delivered yesterday
Ballots were delivered in Wednesday's mail for the Laurel School Districts' elections. They must be returned to the county election office by May 2. The administration is asking voters for a perpetual mill levy. The Elementary District requires $440,000 or 9.69 mills to meet classroom size and staff accreditation standards. The High School District is seeking 4.18 mills or $187,118.
The amount of each mill and its impact on homeowners varies based on the tax base. That will likely continue to increase with new housing expected. As new homes are built within the Laurel school district boundaries, taxes will go down. School enrollment is likewise expected to continue to increase.
Also on the ballot are candidates for open school board seats. There are three open positions on the board that serve both the elementary and high school districts. All candidates will be running for any one of the three openings. Incumbents Dale Ahrens, Mike Longbottom and Roy Voss will appear on the ballot because they met the filing deadline. Amy Lorash and Hope Ordorff have filed as write in candidates.