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Notice of Special Bond Election

Notice of Local Special Bond Election

Board of Education of Washington County School District, Utah

Public Notice Is Hereby Given that a local special bond election will be held in Washington County School District, Utah (the “District”), at the same time as the statewide regular general election, on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (“Election Day”).  The Election Day voting centers (“Voting Centers”) will be open on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Information regarding the election can be found at the Statewide Electronic Voter Information Website (www.vote.utah.gov).  The websites of the election officers for the local special bond election are, as of the date hereof, (a) for the Business Administrator of the District, www.washk12.org and (b) for the Washington County Clerk, www.washco.gov/departments/clerk-auditor/; the election officers will post on such websites the location of each polling place for each voting precinct, each early voting polling place, and each Voting Center, including any changes to the location of a polling place and the location of an additional polling place.  In addition, voters may call the Washington County Clerk’s Office at (435) 634-5712 to obtain information regarding polling locations.

At the local special bond election there shall be submitted to the qualified, registered voters residing within the District the following question (which is also the sample ballot):

OFFICIAL BALLOT FOR

BOARD OF EDUCATION OF WASHINGTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT, UTAH

SPECIAL BOND ELECTION

November 6, 2018

Shall the Board of Education of Washington County School District, Utah, be authorized to issue General Obligation Bonds in a principal amount not to exceed $125,000,000 and to mature in no more than 20 years from the date or dates of issuance of such bonds for the purpose of raising money for acquiring and constructing school buildings and facilities, acquiring land for school buildings and facilities, acquiring furnishings and remodeling and updating existing school property, including safety upgrades, under the charge of the Board of Education, and, to the extent necessary, for providing moneys for the refunding of general obligation bonds?

Property Tax Cost of Bonds.  If the Bonds are issued as planned, without regard to the taxes currently levied for outstanding bonds that will reduce over time, an annual property tax to pay debt service on the proposed bonds will be required over a period of 20 years in the estimated maximum amount of $54.42 per year on a $291,000 primary residence and in the estimated amount of $98.95 per year on a business or secondary residence having the same value.

The District has other outstanding bonds for which a tax decrease would occur upon the retirement of such bonds, which may not occur if the proposed bonds are issued.  The taxes levied for the outstanding bonds reduce over time such that the property tax increase due to the issuance of the proposed bonds is expected to be tax rate neutral ($0.00) from current annual property tax rates on a primary residence or on a business or secondary residence having the same value.

To vote in favor of the above bond issue, select the box immediately adjacent to the words “For the Issuance of Bonds.”  To vote against the bond issue, select the box immediately adjacent to the words “Against the Issuance of Bonds.”

 

For the Issuance of Bonds (yes)

   
 

Against the Issuance of Bonds (no)

The foregoing information is only an estimate and is not a limit on the amount of taxes that the Board may be required to levy to pay debt service on the bonds.  The Board is obligated to levy taxes to the extent provided by law in order to pay the bonds.  The amounts are based on various assumptions and estimates, including estimated debt service on the bonds and taxable values of property in the District.

The special bond election will be administered mainly by mail.  The election officer will mail to each registered voter within the District a ballot and a business reply envelope.  If a voter fails to follow the instructions included with the ballot, the voter will be unable to vote in the election except at the Voting Centers.

As an alternative to voting by mail, voters are able to cast a ballot on Election Day at the following Voting Center locations:

Election Day Vote Centers

Precinct

Location

Address

City

SG01, SG02, SG03, SG04, SG04, SG06, SG07, SG08, SG09, SG10, SG11, SG34, SG35, SG36, SG37, SG38, EN82, COAND, COCNBR, CODAV, CODIV, CODXDR, COGL, CONCF, COPINE, COVE, COWH

Washington County Administration

197 East Tabernacle Street

St. George

SG12, SG13, SG14,
SG15, SG16, SG17, SG18, SG19, SG47, IV76, IV77, IV78, IV79, IV80, SC71, SC72, SC73, SC74, COHS74

Santa Clara Branch Library

1099 Lava Flow Drive

St. George

SG20, SG21, SG22, SG23, SG24, SG25, SG26, SG27, SG28, SG29, SG30, SG31, SG32, SG33, SG39, SG41, SG46, SG48, COGUBL

Dixie Center

1835 Convention Center Drive

St. George

SG40, SG42, SG43, SG44, SG45, SG49, WA65, WA67, WA68, WA69, WA70, WA72

South Mountain Community Church

3158 East 2000 South

St. George

AV51, HU52, HU53, HU54, HU55, HU56, HU57, HU58, HU59, HU60, LA85, LA86, LA87, LE90, VI89, NH93, RC94, TOQ96, SP95, HIL97, COCDSR, COLEED, COHV28, CONH, COSN28

Hurricane City

147 North 870 West

Hurricane

WA60, WA61, WA62, WA63, WA64, WA66, WA71, WA73, COHV29

Washington City Library

220 North 300 East

Washington

In order to vote in person at the election, you must present valid voter identification to the poll worker before voting, which must be (a) a valid form of photo identification that shows your name and photograph, (b) a valid tribal card, whether or not the card includes your photograph or not, or (c) two different forms of identification that show your name and current address.

Alternatively, secure ballot drop off locations where ballots can be deposited twenty-four hours a day, 7 days a week, from October 16, 2018 until 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, are as follows:

Ballot Dropbox Locations

Location

Address

City

Hurricane City Library

36 South 300 West

Hurricane

Santa Clara Branch Library

1099 Lava Flow Drive

St. George

St. George City Library

88 West 100 South

St. George

Washington City Library

220 North 300 East

Washington

Washington County Administration Bldg.

197 East Tabernacle

St. George

There is to be no special registration of voters for the local special bond election, and the official register of voters last made or revised shall constitute the register for the local special bond election, except that all persons who reside within the District and are registered to vote in the statewide regular general election held on Election Day shall be considered to vote in the local special bond election.  Registration lists or copies of such lists will be available at each of the above-described polling places for use by registered voters entitled to use such voting place.

Notice Is Further Given, that any qualified elector of Washington County who resides within the confines of the District and who has complied with the law in regard to registration may vote in the local special bond election at the Washington County offices, 197 East Tabernacle Street, St. George, on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 and Wednesday, October 31, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Thursday, November 1, 2018 and Friday, November 2, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For information on (a) registering to vote, (b) voting by absentee ballot or (c) alternate times and forms of voting, voters may contact the office of the (a) Washington County Clerk at 197 East Tabernacle Street, St. George, Utah 84770, telephone: (435) 634-5712 or visit the County Clerk’s website at www.washco.utah.gov/departments/clerk-auditor/, or (b) Utah Lieutenant Governor, State Capitol, 350 N. State Street, Suite 220, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114, (801) 538-1041 or visit the Lieutenant Governor’s website at elections.utah.gov.

Notice Is Further Given that on Friday, October 19, 2018, at 12:00 p.m., in the County Clerk’s office at 10 North 100 East, St. George, Utah, there will be conducted (a) a demonstration of the logic and accuracy testing of the voting devices to be used in and (b) a test of the automatic tabulating equipment or other apparatus to be used to tabulate the results of the local special bond election.  The demonstration and testing is open to public observation in accordance with the provisions of Sections 20A-3-201 and 20A-4-104, Utah Code Annotated 1953, as amended (the “Utah Code”).

Pursuant to applicable provisions of Sections 11-14-208 and 20A-4-403 of the Utah Code, the period allowed for any contest of the local special bond election shall end 40 days after the date on which the results of the election are canvassed and the results thereof declared.  No such contest shall be maintained unless a complaint is filed with the Clerk of the Fifth Judicial District Court in and for Washington County, within the prescribed 40-day period.

In Witness Whereof, the Board of Education of Washington County School District, Utah has caused this notice to be given.

Dated:  September 11, 2018.

Board of Education of Washington County School District, Utah

By                                                                               /s/ Brent Bills                                                 
 Business Administrator