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Ballots due today on school, city measures

Tue., March 10, 2009, midnight

Money’s on the line for police facility, animal control, area districts

Tax-measure ballots are due tonight in nine Spokane-area school districts and the city of Spokane.

Most Spokane city voters’ ballots contain four measures.

Spokane Public Schools, which covers much of the city and spills outside its borders in some areas, is asking voters to renew a maintenance-and-operations levy and approve a $288 million bond issue to pay for the next phase of a school renovation program.

The city has an $18.5 million bond issue to handle several projects, including a new police evidence warehouse, animal control facilities and municipal courts.

The fourth measure tidies up the language of Spokane’s City Charter, improving grammar, eliminating outdated parts and making clarifications.

The Cheney, Deer Park, Liberty, Mead, Medical Lake, Nine Mile Falls and Riverside school districts also seek levy renewals. Reardan-Edwall has a capital projects levy, and the town of Rosalia has a park and recreation levy.

Mailed-in ballots must be postmarked by today.

They can also be deposited, without postage, in county elections drop boxes at most public libraries.

Drop box locations:

Airway Heights library, 1213 S. Lundstrom St.

Argonne library, 4322 N. Argonne Road.

Cheney library, 610 S. First Ave.

Deer Park library, 208 Forest Ave.

Downtown Spokane library, 906 W. Main Ave.

Downtown Spokane transit center, 701 W. Riverside Ave.

East Central library, 524 S. Stone St.

Fairfield library, 305 E. Main St.

Hillyard library, 4005 N. Cook St.

Indian Trail library, 4909 W. Barnes Road.

Medical Lake library, 321 E. Herb St.

Moran Prairie library, 6004 S. Regal St.

North Spokane library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road.

Shadle Park library, 2111 W. Wellesley Ave.

South Hill library, 3324 S. Perry St.

Spokane County Elections Office, 1033 W. Gardner Ave.

Spokane Valley library, 12004 E. Main Ave.

Registered voters who did not receive a ballot in the mail, or who lost or damaged their ballots, can get replacement “provisional” ballots at voter service centers between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m today.

Service centers are located at the Elections Office; the downtown transit center; the north Spokane library; St. Mark’s Church at 316 E. 24th Ave. in south Spokane; and St. Anne Church at 712 E. Lake St. in Medical Lake.

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