Absentee vote deadline for school levy decisions approaching

Absentee ballots due Feb. 2; polls will be open Feb. 6

The Daily Times staff
  • The special election will have voters accept or deny a 2-mill and a 2.25-mill tax.
  • Both levies involve school building improvement and maintenance, and technology improvements.
  • The levies would both be implemented this year and go through 2023, if approved by voters.

FARMINGTON — Absentee ballots for an upcoming special election regarding school levies for classroom technology and school building maintenance and improvements are due by Feb. 2.

The Farmington School Special Tax Election will be held at four polling places throughout Farmington on Feb. 6, but absentee voting began on Jan. 12 and will go through Feb. 2, according to the San Juan County Clerk’s Office.

The election poses two levy decisions to the public, according to election information. Both levies would provide funding for construction, maintenance, and improvements to school buildings and grounds; school equipment and furnishings; and technology improvements, including satellite, copper and fiber-optic transmission systems.

The 2-mill levy would also provide funding for the purchase of extracurricular school activity vehicles and computer software and hardware for classroom use.

The 2.25-mill levy would also provide funding for the purchase of software for facility maintenance and project management, project oversight and some district staff positions related to school building projects.

If approved, both levies would go into effect this year and last through 2023.

Voters must fill out an application to vote absentee or early, and absentee ballots will be mailed to the voter, according to the San Juan County Clerk’s Office. Members of the public must also be registered to vote in order to cast a ballot in the Feb. 6 elections.