If there are any voters who feel like it’s an off year for elections, don’t worry. Next year will make up for it.
While it may seem a little quieter year for an election, voters in certain communities will be called to action to make some pretty important decisions this November. In many cases, with these special elections, voters will be voting with their tax dollars.
Since these elections are not administered by county government, each individual municipality will be managing their election process.
City of Rushford Election
For the City of Rushford, incumbent Terri Benson is running unopposed for mayor. Meanwhile, Leigh Volkman is seeking another term on the city council. However, there are two seats open, so there will be a chance for a write-in candidate to claim a seat on the council. The election will be held at Rushford City Hall in Rushford, Minn., on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fillmore Central Special Election
The school board has proposed to revoke the school district’s existing referendum revenue authorization of $292.15 per pupil and replace that authorization with a new authorization of $783.86 per pupil, subject to an annual increase at the rate of inflation.
The proposed referendum revenue authorization would be first levied in 2023 for taxes payable in 2024, and applicable for 10 years unless otherwise revoked or reduced.
In an informational piece distributed by the Fillmore Central School District, the reasons for the referendum request were as follows: declining enrollment, continued increases in general operating costs/inflation, and expiration of federal COVID relief funds.
The election will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, from 5-8 p.m. at the Fillmore Central School District Office in Preston, Minn.
Kingsland Special Election
Voters in the Kingsland School District have one school board seat up for grabs. Dan Freeman is the only candidate on the ballot. The election will be from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at the Spring Valley Community Center in Spring Valley, Minn.
Spring Grove Special Election
On Tuesday, November 7, 2023, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., at the Spring Grove Fest Building in Spring Grove, Minn., voters will be asked to vote on two important investments.
The first question on the ballot relates to “School Building Bonds Districtwide Capital Improvements.” The school board is proposing to issue general obligation school building bonds in the amount of $12,195,000 for acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities including, but not limited to, replacements, upgrades, and improvements to mechanical and electrical systems, roofing, windows, bathrooms and locker rooms and renovation to the kitchen and cafeteria, and career and technical education space.
The second question on the ballot relates to “School Building Bods Career & Technical Education Addition.” For this item on the ballot, voters will be asked to approve a general obligation school building bonds in the amount of $4,100,000 for acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities including, but not limited to, constructing and equipping a career and technical education addition.