School referendum set for ballot
With no objections from the public, the Harrison County Election Board officially voted Feb. 20 to approve the Lanesville Community School Corp. referendum for all Franklin Township ballots for the May 6 Primary Election.
By a unanimous decision at its Jan. 21 meeting, the Lanesville Community School Corp. Board of Trustees voted to place a public question on the ballot asking if there is support of a school tax levy of up to, but not exceeding, 17 cents per $100 of assessed property value.
The reason for the levy is an anticipated shortfall of more than $240,000 in the 2014 budget.
Wording of the referendum question will be as follows: ‘For the next (seven) calendar years immediately following the holding of the referendum pursuant to Indiana Code 20-46-1-8(a)(1), shall the Lanesville Community Schools impose a property tax rate that does not exceed $0.17 on each one hundred dollars ($100) of assessed valuation and that is in addition to all other property tax levies imposed by the school corporation?’
The election board agreed to place large flags that stick in the ground near the roads leading to all 15 polling locations in Harrison County on the night prior to the election.
The board also spoke about reminding poll workers where to park to allow the closest spaces for voters.
After the regular election board meeting on Feb. 20, a campaign finance informational meeting for candidates followed.
Candidates have to file finance reports if they spend more than $500 on their campaign or if the position they’re vying for pays more than $1,500. The end of the reporting period for candidates are: April 11 with filing due by noon on April 21; Oct. 10 with filing due by noon on Oct. 17; and Dec. 31 with filing due by noon on Jan. 21, 2015.
The next election board meeting will be Friday, March 14, to clean the ballot closet at the courthouse in downtown Corydon. On Wednesday, March 26, the election board will meet at 1:30 p.m. for a public test of election equipment. A regular meeting is scheduled for April 16 at 10 a.m., and poll worker training will take place April 24 at 10 a.m. and 2 and 7 p.m. at the Government Center.
Other upcoming dates include: April 7, deadline for a voter to register or transfer registration; April 8, first day of absentee voting at the clerk’s office in the courthouse; April 26 and May 3, absentee voting open for several hours; and April 28, deadline for clerk’s office to receive mailed absentee ballots.
For any questions regarding voter registration, candidate information or anything else related to the election, call the Harrison County Clerk’s office at 812-738-4289 or visit online at harrisoncounty.in.gov.