Absentees for FM school levy election available


FORT MADISON – Denise Fraise, Lee County Auditor, announces that absentee ballots for the Special Fort Madison Community School District PPEL (Physical Plant and Equipment Levy) Election to be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 are now available in the Auditor’s Office.

Eligible voters who reside in the Fort Madison Community School District may vote in person at the North Lee County Office Building, 933 Avenue H, Fort Madison, located in the Auditor’s Office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Monday, March 2nd, when the office will remain open until 5:00 p.m.

The Fort Madison Community School District voted unanimously at a workshop in January to put a voted Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) on a March 30th special ballot.

The move would generate about $1 million per year, according to district Business Manager Sandy Elmore. Taxpayers would see a $1.34 levy per $1,000 of equalized assessed valuation on their tax bill.

But Elmore said even with conservative estimations of a 1.5% allowable growth from the Iowa legislature this year, the district’s tax asking would be in the range from static at $12.86/$1,000 EAV to possibly a couple cents lower.

Eligible voters wishing to vote early may complete THE IOWA OFFICIAL ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUEST FORM available from the Lee County Auditor or by downloading the form at http://sos.iowa.gov. The request for an absentee ballot may be hand delivered to the Auditor’s office in Fort Madison or mailed to the Lee County Auditor, P.O Box 190, Fort Madison, IA 52627. Requests must be received by 5:00 P.M., Friday, February 21st.
Only voters residing in the Fort Madison Community School District are eligible to vote in this election.

Fort Madison School District polls open at 7:00 AM and close at 8:00 PM.
Election Day Polling Locations for the school district are as follows:

FM1 – Ft Madison City Hall – 811 Avenue E, Ft Madison
FM2 – McAleer Hall – 415 11th Street, Ft Madison
FM3 – Ft Madison Public Library -1920 Avenue E, Ft Madison
FM4A&B – Roling Hall – 2210 Avenue I, Ft Madison
FM5/Madison Township – Hillview Village – 1102 48th Street, Ft Madison
Cedar/Franklin/Marion/Harrison Townships & the Cities of Houghton & St Paul – PGSB Community Room – 506 N. Main St, Donnellson
Jefferson Township – Lee County Conservation Center – 2652 HWY 61, Montrose
West Point /Pleasant Ridge/Denmark & Baltimore Twp in Henry County – West Point Library – 317 5th Street, West Point
Washington/Green Bay& Union Twp in Des Moines County – Grace Bible Church – 3526 175th Street.

You may locate your correct polling place by going on-line to http://sos.iowa.gov . Click on “Find your Precinct/ Polling Place.” Follow directions to find the correct precinct for the CITY/SCHOOL ELECTION.

Anyone having questions regarding absentee voting may contact the Auditor’s office at 319/372-3705.

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