Tuesday is Election Day for public schools in Gallatin County and nine school districts have issues on the ballot.

The largest measure is the Bozeman Elementary School District’s request to voters for $2 million a year for six years to pay for building maintenance and repairs at elementary and middle schools. It would replace a $1.5 million-a-year building reserve levy that’s expiring. The increase is being proposed to keep up with inflation and the rising cost of construction.

Ballots that were mailed out by the Gallatin County elections office must be returned to that office by 8 p.m. Ballots not yet in the mail can be delivered by hand to the county elections office, 311 W. Main St., room 210, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In addition, any voters from any school district can turn in ballots from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the official ballot boxes at the Belgrade School District office, 312 N. Weaver St., or  the Monforton School District office, 6001 Monforton School Road.

Here’s a summary of Tuesday’s ballot issues:

n The Anderson School District is electing two trustees to three-year terms. It is also asking voters to raise local taxes by $31,569 a year or 8.32 mills to help pay for operating the school district. It would raise taxes on a $200,000 home about $22.46 a year.

n The Belgrade School District is electing three elementary trustees to three-year terms. It is asking elementary district voters to approve raising taxes by $700,000 a year or about 16.09 mills to help to operate the schools. That would raise taxes on a $200,000 home by $43.44.

The Belgrade elementary district is also asking voters to raise taxes by $600,000 a year for 10 years, or 12.35 mills, to pay for computers and other technology in the schools. It would cost the owner of a $200,000 home about $33.35 a year.

The Belgrade High School District is also asking voters to raise taxes $300,000 a year for 10 years, or 5.32 mills, for its technology fund. That would cost the owner of a $200,000 home about $14.36 a year.

n The Big Sky School District is electing one trustee to a two-year term and two trustees to three-year terms. It is asking voters for a $40,000 tax increase or 1.39 mills to pay operating expenses and teachers’ salaries. It would raise taxes on a $200,000 home about $11.29.

n The Bozeman Elementary District is electing two trustees to three-year terms. It is asking voters to approve a $115,000 tax increase or about 0.74 mills to operate the schools, which would raise taxes on a $200,000 home about $2 a year.

In addition the district is asking voters to approve the $2 million-a-year building repair levy for six years. That would raise taxes on a $200,000 home about $34.56 a year. Since it would replace a building repair tax that’s expiring, the net increase would be about $8.64 a year.

There are no trustee races or tax measures this year in the Bozeman High School district.

n The LaMotte School District is electing two trustees to three-year terms. It is also asking voters to approve raising taxes $8,953 a year or about 3.07 mills to operate the schools. It would raise taxes on a $200,000 home about $8.28 a year.

n The Monforton School District is electing two trustees to three-year terms. It is asking voters to approve a building repair levy of $20,000 a year for 10 years, or about 1.27 mills. It would raise taxes on a $200,000 home about $3.44.

n The Three Forks School District is electing one elementary trustee to a three-year term. It is asking voters to approve $55,000 levies in both the elementary and the high school districts to operate the schools. Each levy would increase taxes about 5.45 mills and cost the owner of a $200,000 home about $14.72 a year, for a total of $29.44 if both the elementary and high school levies pass.

n The West Yellowstone School District is electing one trustee to a three-year term. No tax measures are on the ballot.

n The Willow Creek School District is electing one trustee to a three-year term. It is also asking voters to raise elementary district taxes by $32,131 a year or 19.65 mills to operate the school. It would raise taxes on a $200,000 home about $53.06.

Several school districts aren’t holding elections this year – Amsterdam, Cottonwood, Gallatin Gateway, Malmborg, Manhattan, Pass Creek and Springhill.

This story was changed May 7 to clarify that any Gallatin County school voter can drop off a ballot at the Belgrade or Monforton school district offices, which have official ballot boxes, in addition to the Gallatin County elections office.

Gail Schontzler can be reached at gails@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2633. Follow her on Twitter @gailnews.

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