By Ian Ferguson
Ballots for the February 9 special election will be mailed to Whatcom County voters on Wednesday, January 20.
One measure on the ballot affects Blaine, Birch Bay and Point Roberts voters. The Blaine school district is seeking a four-year maintenance and operations (M&O) levy to cover day-to-day operations and upkeep of the school district.
The projected collection rates are as follows: $1.98 in 2017, $2.01 in 2018, $2.04 in 2019 and $2.06 in 2020 (amounts are per $1,000 of assessed property value). The total projected collection amounts are $7 million, $7.17 million, $7.34 million and $7.5 million.
The proposed levy replaces the current M&O levy, which expires at the end of 2016.
The Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden, Meridian, Nooksack Valley and Mt. Baker school districts are also seeking replacement M&O levies. Of the seven educational levies on the February ballot, Blaine’s rates are the lowest.
Ballots can be returned by mail or drop box. Mailed in ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, Tuesday, February 9. Drop boxes will be open on Wednesday, January 20 and close at 8 p.m. on February 9.
Ballot drop box locations are listed on the county auditor’s website. The voters’ guide is also available online through the auditor’s office at whatcomcounty.us/1732/Current-Election.