Westonka referendum vote is May 10

westonka_logo_2014The special election for the Westonka School District referendum will be held on Tuesday, May 10. Absentee voting will be available on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and until 5 p.m. on Monday, May 9.

If the referendum is approved, the bond would fund the school district’s construction of a performing arts center and community athletics and recreation center, estimated to cost $7.5 and $15.45 million, respectively.

According to the resolution approved by the school board, the ballot question will read, “Should the school board of Independent School District No. 277 (Westonka) be authorized to issue its general obligation school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $22,950,000 to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including the construction and equipping of a performance arts center and community athletic and recreation center addition to the high school facility? By voting “yes” on this ballot question, you are voting for a property tax increase.”

To vote in Minnesota, an individual must be a U.S. citizen, be at least 18 years old by May 10, be a resident of Minnesota for at least 20 days, have finished all parts of any felony sentence, not be under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked voting rights, not have been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law and be a resident of the jurisdiction and precinct where they want to vote.

Individuals must be registered to vote. Those who have voted in Minnesota in the last four years and haven’t changed their name or address are still registered voters.

Questions can be directed to Westonka District Election Official Carol Shukle at [email protected], or the Hennepin County Elections Office, reachable by phone at (612) 348-5151.