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Early School Board Voting Underway

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By Joe Foreman, Editor

Ballots for Glenwood and East Mills school district residents who would like to vote early or absentee in the Sept. 10 board of education elections are available at the Mills County Auditor’s Office in Glenwood. Early voters can cast their ballots Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. until Election Day.

Mills County Auditor Carol Robertson said the last day absentee ballots will be mailed out is Friday, Sept. 6. Absentee ballot requests can be made by calling the auditor’s office at 527-3146.

In the Glenwood Community School District, four candidates are seeking three at-large seats on the school board - challenger Michelle Bahr along with incumbents Dave Blum, Henry Clark  and Ann Staiert.

In the East Mills Community School District, three seats are available. Incumbent Pete Franks is unopposed in District E1, while former at-large board member Susan Stogdill  is unopposed in District W2. Brad Williams has no challengers for the remaining at-large seat.

The Fremont-Mills Community School District has two seats up this year. Elizabeth Alexander, an incumbent in District No. 5, and Darrin Mitchell, seeking the District No. 2 seat, are both unopposed. Fremont-Mills voters should contact the Fremont County Auditor’s Office in Sidney at 712-374-2031 for election information.

In addition to the school board races, residents in 13 southwest Iowa counties (including Mills, Fremont, Montgomery and Pottawattamie) will be voting on a pair of public measures that would authorize Iowa Western Community College (IWCC) to extend two tax levies for 10 years beginning in 2017.

One of the levies would allow IWCC to collect up to 20.25 cents per $1,000 assessed value of a property for the purchase of grounds, construction or purchase of buildings, equipment, acquisition of libraries, utility costs and expanding or remodeling existing buildings.

The second levy would allow the college to collect 6 cents per $1,000 assessed value for program sharing with other schools or for the purchase of instructional equipment.