Tuesday, September 10, voters in the Dickinson Public School District will again be asked to vote for or against a proposed bond to fund a new high school.
One thing taxpayers must know when calculating their residential property taxes is the difference between true and full value of the property and taxable value of the property. The true and full value of a property is what it might list for in the market. The taxable value is the amount of money you pay taxes on.
"There seems to be a lot of confusion between true and full value and taxable value. When it says 39.06 per $1,000 taxable value ... if your house is worth $100,000, your taxable value is only $4,500," said Kent Anderson, business manager with Dickinson Public Schools.
Dickinson Public Schools has a calculator taxpayers can use to calculate the exact amount their taxes would increase if the bond passes, but those who would wish to complete the math themselves can do so by using the following formula: your property's true and full value multiplied by 0.5. Multiply that number by 0.09 to give you the taxable value of your property. Divide the taxable value by 1,000, then multiply that number by the number of mills (39.06). The answer you get will be the amount of extra taxes you would pay annually.
There will only be two polling locations this time — Dickinson High School and the Dunn County Courthouse — in an effort to both save money and make the voting process more efficient.
"It's expensive to pay polling workers for multiple locations. Looking at other school districts like Williston, when Williston did their's they only had one polling location," Anderson said. "Another problem we ran into last time was — when we had multiple locations — we weren't able to have computers to check the voter rolls, and that was really inefficient. We just weren't able to put (them) in that many different locations. This time, with one single location, we're able to have it on a computer, so we don't have to have somebody paging through hundreds of pages trying to find them."
Although there will only be one polling location in Stark County, Anderson said he thinks the computerization of the process will improve wait times.
"There was longer lines last time, even with multiple locations, but a lot of that had to do with the slow process of checking voters' addresses. ... The county has assured us that they're able to accommodate that with a single location," Anderson said.
The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
"If you're in line (by 7), then you're going to be able to vote," Anderson said.
Voters who will be unavailable on the day of the election can vote early at the Stark County and Dunn County Courthouses in the Clerk of Courts office until close of business Friday, Sept. 6, or they can apply for an absentee ballot by completing this application.
There aren't any meetings planned prior to the vote.
"The overall school, the project itself, that's what a lot of the meetings were for, for feedback on that. None of that really changed. The (career and technical education center) shell verses finishing it off, that kind of changed," Anderson said.
CTE classes would continue in the yellow building until funding could be raised to finish the new CTE center.