Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Websites launched with levy FAQ, resolution

Blaine Manor vote set for Aug. 3


By KATHERINE WUTZ
Express Staff Writer

Two websites have been launched to answer voter questions about the upcoming Blaine Manor levy vote on Aug. 3.

The first, launched by Blaine County, is a purely factual site that contains a sample ballot and a copy of the resolution that called for the special election. Voters can also visit a list of frequently asked questions and find their polling place.

The second was launched by Friends of Blaine Manor, an advocacy group dedicated to passing the levy. This website gives a general overview of the levy's main points, and explains why the group feels the levy would benefit Blaine County and its residents.

Several residents have submitted comments to the Friends of Blaine Manor site, comments that are displayed at random on one side of the page. Each page refresh reveals a different quote.

Both sites will be updated further as the election draws closer.

The county is asking voters to consider approving a temporary, two-year levy of $1,990,000, or $995,000 per year. For county taxpayers, that would translate into an estimated $9.40 in extra taxes for each $100,000 in assessed property value.

Approval of the temporary levy will require a simple majority.

Katherine Wutz: kwutz@mtexpress.com




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