The Free Press, Mankato, MN

November 3, 2013

Redistricting causes changes to polling places

Some Mankato precincts combined for school elections

By Amanda Dyslin
adyslin@mankatofreepress.com

---- — MANKATO — Election Day is just a couple of days away, and some people headed to the polls for the Mankato Area Public Schools Board race and bond referendum will be casting votes in a new place this year.

Redistricting last year may have changed some voters polling places, according to the district office. Letters were mailed regarding the changes in September to every registered voter.

For School Board elections, the district combines precincts and pares down polling places to 10. To find your location, visit isd77.org and click on “2013 School Board Election” on the left-hand column of links.

Then click on “Precinct Finder,” which will take you to a drop-down menu on the Secretary of State's website where you can enter your home address. Or, you can call 387-1868, and district office staff will provide your polling place information.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Results will be uploaded to the Secretary of State's website at http://www.sos.state.mn.us/ and www.mankatofreepress.com.

Absentee ballots can no longer be mailed but are available at the administrative offices in the Intergovernmental Center, 10 Civic Center Plaza, until 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Here's a reminder of what's on the ballots in the Mankato and St. Peter districts:

Mankato Area Public Schools

■ Elect three members of the School Board for four years, with terms beginning Jan. 6, 2014. Candidates are: Jodi Sapp (inc.), Kristi Schuck (inc.), Abdi Sabrie, and Cornelia Eberhart (inc.)

■ Authorization to issue general obligation school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $69.5 million for construction projects, including the acquisition of land for and the construction and equipping of a new middle school facility; the construction and equipping of a sixth-grade addition to the Dakota Meadows Middle School facility; the renovation of the Garfield Elementary School and the Mankato East Senior High School facilities; and the renovation of the cafeteria at the Mankato West Senior High School facility.

The tax hike for the average $150,000 homestead would be $94 per year, or $7.83 per month. For a $225,000 homestead, the tax increase would be $154 per year, or $12.83 per month.

For commercial property valued at $500,000, the tax increase would be $685 per year. For $1 million commercial properties, the tax increase would be $1,649 per year.

And for agricultural land, the hike would be $274 per year for a $630,000 property, or $452 per year for a $1 million property.

St. Peter Public Schools

■ Elect three members of the School Board. Candidates are: Jon Carlson (inc.), Drew Dixon, Chris Harmes, Keith Stelter, Charlie Potts and Dan Bergeson.

St. Peter polling places are: the National Guard Armory (Ward 1), 1120 N. Swift St.; and the Community Center (Ward 2), 600 S. Fifth St. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, visit www.saintpetermn.gov/where-do-i-vote.