The following is a general reminder of the elections taking place for both Central School District and Watertown-Mayer School District, along with polling times and locations.
There are two questions for the Central School election this year relating to levies. The first of these is an operating levy, which is what people typically think of when they hear about a referendum. This levy would affect property taxes, and agriculture taxes would be the homestead plus one acre. This means that large farms, say 200 acres, wouldn’t be paying extra taxes on 199 acres, just one. This levy would bring the revenue per student up to $640 per pupil for the next 10 years. The second question is what’s known as a capitol project levy, which operates more like a bond. The project levy would be exclusively for upgrading tech in the school, bringing in an extra $350,000 per year just for technology needs. This would include things like adding more smartboards to classrooms, have Chromebooks available for the younger students, and generally making technical upgrades to the labs in the schools. These questions are independent, and one does not need to be approved for the other to be.
There are also nine candidates for school board with four openings to be filled. The October 24 issue of News & Times has a summary of all candidates at the open forum on October 21.
Polling locations are open from 8am to 8pm and voting will take place at Central High School - Room B230 at 531 Morse Street, Norwood Young America, MN 55368
Absentee and early voting can be done up until Monday, November 4. Hours for early voting are 8am - 3pm, Monday through Friday at the district office, 531 Morse Street, Norwood Young America.
Watertown-Mayer also has two funding questions, one being an operating levy referendum and the other a facilities bond. The new operating levy is asking voters to increase the number by $425, which equals $492 per student. This number was reached based on the surrounding schools, with Waconia bringing $536 per student and Dassel-Cokato $663. The facilities bond would fix up facilities issues that weren’t covered by the previous levy, such as the high school parking lot, the track, and more. These questions are linked, meaning that in order for the facilities bond to pass the operating levy must pass. The first polling location is Watertown City Hall 309 Lewis Avenue South, Watertown for Watertown, Watertown and Hollywood Townships, Minnetrista, and Franklin and Woodland Townships The other location is Mayer Community Center on 413 Bluejay Avenue, Mayer for Mayer, Canden and Waconia Townships. Both locations are open for voting from 7am-8pm. Absentee voting continues until November 4, and early voting will be held on regular student days from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Watertown-Mayer District Office, 1001 Hwy 25 NW, Watertown MN.
A voter must be registered to vote to be eligible to vote in this election. An unregistered individual may register to vote at the combined polling place on election day.