With less than a week left before Glacier County election officials will tally the results of two special mill levy elections for the Glacier County EMS, less than 700 ballots have been returned. Deadline to return the ballots in the special “all mail” election is April 2.
According to Election Administrative Assistant Crystal Cole, 6,075 ballots were mailed out to all eligible registered voters on March 15. As of press time, only 750 ballots had been “accepted” or returned. According to Cole, 208 ballots came back as undeliverable.
Since this is an “all mail” special election, ballots must be returned to the Clerk and Recorder’s Office in the Glacier County Courthouse or the Browning Satellite Office no later than 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2 in order to be counted. Ballots may be hand delivered or mailed.
In this special election, voters are being asked to approve two resolutions proposed by the Glacier County Commissioners. The first, the “Ambulance Building Mill Levy Resolution, asks voters to approve a $1.6 million levy. If approved, the additional tax of $327,807.00 will be assessed for five years and will be used “for the building” of the Glacier County EMS Department.
The impact on taxpayers, if passed, would result in a tax increase for owners of $100,000 of $16.83 per year for five years. The added tax would be used to pay for the building that was completed nearly four years ago. Taxpayers who own a home valued at $200,000 would see their taxes increase by $33.66 per year for five years to pay for the building.
The second ballot issue, the EMS Operating Mill Levy, asks voters to approve a one-year mill levy, in the amount of $507,975.00, to fund the operations of the Glacier County EMS.
If passed by a majority of voters, taxpayers will see the taxes on their $100,000 home increase by another $26.08. A taxpayer who owns a home valued at $200,000 would see their taxes increase by $52.16.
If you did not receive a ballot, or would like to register to vote, Glacier County Election officials invite you to stop by the Clerk and Recorder’s Office in the Glacier County Courthouse or the Browning Satellite Office, located at 12 Starr School Road, west of C-Store on Hwy. 464, and speak to one of the Election Assistants.
According to Cole, the ballots will be opened in the courtroom at the Glacier County Courthouse beginning at 10 a.m. on April 2. The ballots will be run through the DS200 ballot counting machine starting after 2 p.m.
Ballots received at the Browning Satellite Office will be transported by a Glacier County Sheriff’s Office deputy to the courthouse following the close of the polls at 8 p.m.
Once all the ballots are counted, the results of the election will be announced and will be posted on this newspaper’s website on April 3 and will appear in the April 10 issue of the newspaper.