MAHASKA COUNTY — North Mahaska School District voters will vote on a proposed general obligation bond on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

The bond would fund an HVAC system in the school buildings, which are not currently air-conditioned. According to findings from North Mahaska staff and the facilities planning committee, having the HVAC would provide air conditioning and increased ventilation.

Additionally, bond funds would be used for safety and security concerns, including school entrances and exits and a safe room for severe weather. Other security concerns include adding a corridor from the Early Childhood Building to the main school building.

Other needs include roofing, expansion of the early childhood building, wrestling/fitness building relocation, retaining wall repair and locker room updates.

According to the North Mahaska School District, taxes are unlikely to increase with the passing of the general obligation bond. The bond is not to exceed $12.8 million.

While voters will generally just go to one polling place starting this fall, voters taking part in the North Mahaska special school election will vote in the North Mahaska Elementary School cafeteria.

For voters choosing to vote absentee, ballots for the North Mahaska special school election are available in the auditor's office.

The auditor's office is open 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Voters may request an absentee ballot by Friday, Aug. 30 at 5 p.m. The last day to vote absentee in the auditor's office is Monday, Sept. 9.

Mahaska County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, Susan Brown recommends eligible voters consider registering to vote or changing their Mahaska County address with her office before the early voter registration deadline of Friday, Aug. 30.

To be allowed to register to vote and cast a ballot on election day, according to a news release, proof of both their identity and residency is required at the polls.

The best form of ID, according to the release, is a valid Iowa driver's license with current address. If the license has an old address, the license may be used as proof of identity along with a document with a current address on it.

The news release recommends using a current residential lease, property tax statement, utility bill (including a cell phone bill), bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government documents."

For those without an Iowa driver's license, another ID may be used as long as it includes the voter's photo, is current, valid and contains an expiration date. Temporary paper licenses or IDs issued by the Iowa Department of Transportation are acceptable, according to the release.

"If you do not have proof of residence and identity, a registered voter in your precinct may attest to your identity and residence. Please contact the auditor’s office for details," Brown said, via news release. "In the event that none of the above is possible, you will still be allowed to vote a provisional ballot at your polling site and provide the necessary documentation to the Auditor’s office by noon, Thursday, Sept. 12."

Brown suggested eligible voters make every attempt to register prior to the close of pre-registration at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30 to assure the auditor's office has time to complete the voter registration process and mail a voter registration card to each registrant.

After Aug. 30, new registrations in Mahaska County, will be required to follow the same process as those registering on election day. If voting at the polls, any Mahaska County voter who has not changed their address with the Auditor’s Office prior to the Aug. 30 deadline, will need to change their address at the polls on election day and show proof of residency.

Persons that are already registered to vote at their current residence do not need to re-register to participate in this election. All voters will be required to show ID when voting.

Voter Registration forms can be obtained on line at www.sos.state.ia.us/elections/voters or www.mahaskacounty.org or at the Auditor’s office. Registrations should be mailed to Mahaska County Auditor, 106 South 1st Street, Oskaloosa, IA 52577.

Managing Editor Angie Holland can be reached at aholland@oskyherald.com and followed on Twitter @OskyAngie.

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