As of Monday, the Starke County Clerk’s Office has had 111 people come through the office to vote absentee in this year’s special election.
Clerk Evelyn Skronski notes that Monday, April 29 is the last day to request an absentee ballot by mail and the Travel Board will be going out to collect votes beginning this Thursday, April 25. If you would like to request a visit by the travel board, call the clerk’s office at 772-9160.
Absentee voting remains open this week through Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. and next week Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. in the Starke County Courthouse.
This year’s special election entails a public question put forth by the Knox Community School Board that asks if the voters would approve of a construction project to replace a portion of Knox Elementary School that is over 60 years old. That portion, known as the Palmer Wing, no longer has the infrastructure to accommodate today’s technology needs for student gain and it no longer maintains food service needs. Improvements are also needed to control moisture issues inside classrooms.
The project is estimated to cost not more than $16 million and is estimated to increase the property tax rate of $0.2802 per $100 of assessed valuation.