School board elections set for Tuesday

File photo School board elections historically draw a low voter turnout ranging form 5 percent to 12 percent.

Liliana Castillo

School board ballots for the election Tuesday are full.

The election includes choosing board members, a two-mill levy and a bond issue question for Melrose.

Melrose Schools’ bond question is for $1.1 million to be used on school buildings.

Passage of a two-mill levy would renew a levy rate of $2 per $1,000 of taxable value of a home. The levy is on a six-year cycle.

Clovis Municipal Schools Deputy Superintendent of Operations Joel Shirley said mill levy money is used for day-to-day maintenance of school buildings and technology infrastructure. The money cannot be used for recurring expenses such as salaries.

Shirley said the levy raised about $1 million for Clovis locally and the state matches that amount.

Because the tax is a renewal, the question on the Tuesday’s ballot won’t raise taxes.

Shirley said the two-mill levy money helps the district because if something on a building needs to be repaired, two-mill levy money can be used to fix it instead of taking money out of the operation fund, which can go into classrooms.

Curry County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman said in her 26 years in the clerk’s office, a two-mill levy has never failed.

The election will be held at consolidated polling locations and Lyman said anyone can call the clerk’s office to check on their polling location. Polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“You will not necessarily vote at the place you voted in November,” Lyman said.

Lyman said holding an election with consolidated polling locations saves money. Each precinct that is open costs money to man and supply.

Lyman said voter turnout for school board elections is typically low, ranging from 5 to 12 percent of registered voters.

“That percent is determining taxes for 100 percent of the population,” she said.

As of Friday, 150 people had voted, the clerk’s office reported. Just over 21,000 people in Curry County can vote in Tuesday’s election.