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Early voting open for Fort Madison schools special election

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FORT MADISON (WGEM) -- Early voting is now open for those in the Fort Madison Community School District to decide whether to approve the district's new revenue purpose statement.

District officials said approving the new RPS would allow them to borrow roughly $16.5 million against future revenues of the SAVE state sales tax.

Superintendent Erin Slater said the RPS tells voters exactly what the district would use the money for.

She said a big part of it would go to fund needed infrastructure improvements at the high school and two middle schools.

"We need to make sure whatever school our students are in, that we are inviting and educationally adequate and offering 21st century opportunities for our students," Slater said.

She said it's important for voters to remember the item on the ballot is not a tax.

"This is no tax impact on our voters," Slater said. "This is simply the opportunity to borrow against state revenues that have been provided to all school districts in Iowa."

Slater said when combined with the district's voted PPEL revenues, the approved RPS would allow them to begin on Phase One of the renovations.

The election will take place March 2.

Auditor Denise Fraise said eligible voters can cast their ballots in person at the auditors office at 933 Avenue G from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through March 1.

Absentee ballots requests are also available.

You can view an sample ballot here:


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Blake Sammann

Blake Sammann is a reporter and weekend anchor at WGEM News.

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