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April 20, 2019 GMT

School elections are coming and school districts in the valley will hold either mail-ballot or walk-in elections on May 7.

Ballots go out this week for districts holding mail-ballot elections including Bigfork, Fair-Mont-Egan, Smith Valley and Helena Flats.

Columbia Falls School District is holding a walk-in election.

Voters living in Bigfork, Fair-Mont-Egan, Smith Valley and Columbia Falls school districts will see contested trustee races on the ballot.

Helena Flats School District is running a general fund levy. General fund levies go toward the day-to-day operation and maintenance of schools. Money raised by a general fund levy can be used for a broad range of expenses such as personnel, classroom supplies, textbooks, technology and building repairs or maintenance.

Voters are reminded that the new Montana Ballot Interference Prevention Act goes into effect and impacts individuals who are collecting and delivering another individual’s ballot.

A person bringing in another voter’s ballot must sign a registry with their name address and phone number. The person must also provide their relationship to the voter such as: caregiver, family member, household member or acquaintance in addition to the voter’s name and address.

A person may drop off a maximum of six ballots. Anything above that amount may result in a 65,000 general fund levy.

If approved, an owner of a home valued at 54.

The intent is that the levy, 20 mills, will potentially be offset by an estimated decrease of 19 mills in the district’s tuition fund starting in the 2019-20 school year. The tuition fund is used to cover costs for a student who attends a school outside the district they live to obtain special services.

About 1,217 ballots were mailed out Wednesday and are due at the school, 1000 Helena Flats Road, by 8 p.m. May 7.