Archive for Thursday, May 24, 2007

Bond vote going postal

May 24, 2007

In making an official decision to put two bond questions before voters, the De Soto USD 232 Board of Education agreed to conduct the referendum through a mail-in ballot.

Ballots for the De Soto School District bond issue will be mailed to registered voters Aug. 28.

Voters will answer two questions on the ballot. The first question will include $51 million in special programs, building additions, land acquisition and technology needs. The second question includes the construction of two performing arts centers and artificial turf at both high schools for $19.5 million. The first question must pass for the second question to pass.

The board agreed May 7 to put the two bond issues before voters. On May 14, the board approved the language for the ballot questions and the method of conducting the referendum.

The district must pay for the referendum because there is no local election scheduled this fall.

The mail ballot will cost about $2.50 per registered voter. District officials estimate the cost will total at least $37,500. A traditional election would have cost $2.30 per voter. Mail ballots were chosen because they would provide a better response rate.

Ballots must be received by noon Sept. 18 at the Johnson County Election Office, 2101 E. Kansas City Road, Olathe.

Preliminary election results will be available Sept. 18. Official results, including provisional ballots, will be reported Sept. 24.

Residents who are not registered have until Sept. 4 to do so to be eligible for the election. Voter registration is available at any of the Johnson County libraries -- including the De Soto branch -- De Soto City Hall or at the election office.

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