Mail your levy, trustee ballot in by Monday to count

From the Publisher - 4/27/17
David Keyes
Laurel Outlook publisher

Just a friendly reminder that ballots for this year’s trustee and mill levy propositions have to be cast by this coming Tuesday, May 2.
The election folks tell us that a person should be able to mail in a ballot by Monday and still be counted. It is our thought that it makes sense to do it right now so you don’t forget.
This is a mail-only election so there are no polling places.
At issue are three seats on the Laurel School Board, currently held by Dale Ahrens, Mike Longbottom and Roy D. Voss. The incumbents are all running to retain their seats.
What most voters don’t know is that there are two write-in candidates: Amy Lorash and Hope Ordoff. People have told us that the two write-in candidates are running because they are unhappy with the decision to not renew LHS Principal Ed Norman’s contract.
Several efforts to reach out to the write-in candidates were not successful, although one of the two called the paper about advertising after deadline.
On the ballot, the three incumbents are listed and there are two empty lines below the last candidate. That is where the write-in votes have to go.
The two ballot issues are pretty straightforward.
The first one – called the Elementary mill – asks for an increase of $440,000 to fund maintenance and operations in the Laurel elementary schools.
The second one – called the High School mill – asks for an increase of $187,118.69 to fund maintenance and operations at Laurel High School.
The funds are earmarked to keep current staffing and to pay for technology. The amounts are above what the state and federal governments pay.
Early voting numbers are not available but the turnout for school elections is notoriously low.
Make sure to read the instructions that accompany the ballots. There are numerous ways to goof up and ballots that are mismarked won’t be counted.
If you have any questions, didn’t receive a ballot, or want to know anything, contact the election office at 406.256.2740 or fax 406.254.7940 0r email
Make your voice known. Vote.

David Keyes is publisher of the Laurel Outlook.

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