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Ballots due soon for April 22 Special Election

Ballots have already been mailed to residents of the cities of Arlington and Marysville, and the Lakewood School District, for the Snohomish County Special Election on Tuesday, April 22.

Voters in those areas who have not yet received their ballots should call the Snohomish County Elections Division at 425-388-3444.

You may return your ballot through a ballot drop box or through the mail. If mailing, use a stamp and make sure your ballot will be postmarked or cancelled by Election Day on April 22.

Ballot drop boxes will be open 24/7 until 8 p.m. on Election Day. No postage is needed, but drop boxes will not be staffed, and not all drop boxes will be open for the April 22 Special Election.

Ballot drop boxes can be found at the following locations:

  • The Arlington Library at 135 N. Washington Ave.
  • The Marysville Municipal Court at 1015 State Ave.
  • The Everett Courthouse Campus at the intersection of Rockefeller Avenue and Wall Street.

The April 22 Special Election ballot will include the following text:

City of Arlington Proposition No. 1

Permanent Levy Lid Lift for the Retention of Basic Public Safety and Other Services

The City Council of the City of Arlington adopted Resolution No. 2014-001 concerning voter approval of its regular property tax levy. To retain essential city services including police, fire, parks, playgrounds, economic development, and maintenance and operation of city facilities, this proposition would (1) permanently increase the regular property tax levy above the limit factor, to a rate of $1.955 per $1,000 assessed value for collection in 2015 (a 58 cent increase), and (2) authorize use of the 2015 levy amount as the base for computing levies in succeeding years; all as set forth in Resolution 2014-001.

Lakewood School District No. 306 Proposition No. 1

General Obligation Bonds — $66,800,000

The Board of Directors of Lakewood School District approved Resolution No. 02-14 concerning a proposition for bonds. This proposition would authorize the District to make improvements to Lakewood High School, including improvements to safety and security, heating, plumbing and electrical systems, construct and equip additional space for educational programs and student growth, undertake site improvements to address traffic and parking issues and make necessary capital improvements, to issue $66,800,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within a maximum term of 20 years, and to levy excess property taxes annually to repay the bonds.

Marysville Transportation Benefit District Proposition No. 1

Sales and Use Tax for Transportation Improvements

The Board of the Marysville Transportation Benefit District, Marysville, Washington, adopted Resolution 2014-01 concerning a sales and use tax to fund transportation improvements. This proposition would authorize a sales and use tax of two-tenths of one percent (0.2%) to be collected within the District in accordance with RCW 82.14.0455 for a term of ten years. Such revenues would be used for the purpose of funding the following transportation improvement projects: street preservation, including pavement repair, overlay, chip seal and patching and other capital projects as identified in the State and City's Transportation Plan.

Accessible Voting Units (AVUs) are available for voters who cannot cast a private, independent ballot by mail. AVUs are touchscreen voting devices that feature large font, audio and tactile options to assist voters in casting their choices.

Voters who choose to cast a ballot on an AVU will be asked to show a photo ID or sign a declaration. When signing a declaration, election workers are required to match that signature to the signature on file in the voter registration system.

Elections officials encourage voters to plan their trip to an accessible voting site early, to avoid lines on Election Day.

The one accessible voting location for the April 22 Special Election is the Snohomish County Auditor's Office, located on the first floor of the Admin W building at 3000 Rockefeller Ave. in Everett, and it's been open since 19 days before Election Day, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. On Election Day, it will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, call 425-388-3444 or log onto www.snohomishcountywa.gov/224/Elections-Voter-Registration.

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