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Absentee voting starts Monday on Morgan school tax

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com · 340-2437

Morgan County residents who plan to be out of town Jan. 16, but would like to vote on a school-tax referendum, should consider casting an absentee ballot.

Absentee voting for the special election begins Monday, according to Circuit Clerk John Pat Orr.

“We’ll start taking requests for absentee ballots Monday when we open at 8 a.m.,” said Orr. “As in all other elections, voters need to bring valid identification when coming to the office or mail it back with ballot.”

Voters will decide whether to renew a 7.3 mill property tax. It is not a new tax.

The tax, which was enacted in the 1950s, expires this year and must be renewed by a vote of county residents. It was last renewed in 1976.

“Hartselle and Decatur voters cannot participate because they have their own school systems,” Orr said.

The need is urgent to Morgan County schools, officials said. If the tax renewal fails, the school system could lose $5 million from its annual budget.

The deadline to make application to vote absentee is Jan. 11.

Orr’s office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

The office closes for lunch from 12:15 to 1:15 each day and on Wednesdays the office closes at 12:15.

Commission Chairman John Glasscock said a special election usually costs about $60,000, but this one should be less expensive because it only involves the county school district.

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