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Notice of Special Election

posted Feb 24, 2020, 10:40 AM by Mary Mixdorf


March 3, 2020



PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that a special election of the School District of South Tama County Community School, in the Counties of Tama and Poweshiek, State of Iowa, will be held on Tuesday, the 3rd  day of March, 2020.


Polls will be open 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. for all precincts on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020.  Voters are able to vote absentee at the Tama County Auditor’s office.  The last day to vote absentee is Monday, March 2nd, 2020 at 5:00 P.M.


Special paper ballots will be used, a facsimile of the official ballot is published as a part of this notice.  There will be a test of the vote tabulating equipment on February 18, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. in the Tama County Administration Building. 


Any voter who is physically unable to enter a polling place has the right to vote in the voter’s vehicle.  For further information, please contact the County Auditor’s Office at (641) 484-2740 or email



PRECINCT                                                                   TOWNSHIP/CITY

No.1 Chelsea

Chelsea Fire Station, Chelsea, IA                                 Richland

            707 Station St                                                                Salt Creek

            Chelsea, IA  52215                                                        City of Chelsea


                                                                                                   City of Vining

                                                                                                   Madison (Poweshiek County)

                                                                                                   Jefferson (Poweshiek County)


No. 2 Montour

Montour Community Building, Montour, IA                   Highland

             104 E Elm St.                                                                Indian Village

             Montour, IA  50173                                                       City of Montour


No. 3 Tama

Tama Civic Center, Tama, IA                                        Columbia

             305 Siegel St.                                                               Tama Township

             Tama, IA  52339                                                           City of Tama

                                                                                                  Otter Creek

                                                                                                  Sheridan (Poweshiek County)


            No. 4 Toledo

Toledo Reinig Center, Toledo, IA                                   East Crystal

            1007 S Prospect Dr.                                                      West Crystal

            Toledo, IA  52342                                                           Carroll


                                                                                                   City of Toledo

                                                                                                   Toledo Township


No. 4 Meskwaki Settlement

Meskwaki Tribal Center                                                 Indian Settlement

             349 Meskwaki Rd

             Tama, IA  52339


Pre-registered voters are required to provide an approved form of identification at the polling place before receiving and casting a regular ballot.  Voters who are not pre-registered-such, as voters registering to vote on Election Day-and voters changing precincts must also provide proof of residence.  A voter who is unable to provide an approved form of identification (or prove residence if required.  1) may have voter’s identity/residence attested to by another registered voter in the precinct, 2) prove identity and residence using Election Day Registration documents, or 3) cast a provisional ballot and provide proof of identity/residence at the County Auditor’s office by Thursday, March 5th .  Election Day Registrant attesters must provide an approved form of identification.  For additional information about providing proof of identity and/or residence visit: id or phone 641-484-2740.


Voter pre-registration deadline is 5:00 P.M. February 28, 2020 at the Tama County Auditor’s office.

Absentee ballots are available in the County Auditor’s office during regular business hours.


I, Laura Kopsa, hereby certify that the sample ballot below is the first rotation of ballots on which the voters will cast their votes at the South Tama Special Election to be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. The following propositions will appear on the ballots in the specific jurisdictions:




Shall the Board of Directors of the South Tama County Community School District in the Counties of Tama and Poweshiek, State of Iowa, be authorized to contract indebtedness and issue General Obligation Bonds in an amount not to exceed $20,800,000 to provide funds to construct, build, furnish and equip a middle school addition to the existing high school building, including related remodeling, and to improve the site?





Shall the Board of Directors of the South Tama County Community School District in the Counties of Tama and Poweshiek, State of Iowa, be authorized to levy annually a tax exceeding Two Dollars and Seventy Cents ($2.70) per Thousand Dollars ($1,000), but not exceeding Four Dollars and Five Cents ($4.05) per Thousand Dollars ($1,000) of the assessed value of the taxable property within said school corporation to pay the principal of and interest on bonded indebtedness of said school corporation, it being understood that the approval of this proposition shall not limit the source of payment of the bonds and interest, but shall only operate to restrict the amount of bonds which may be issued?





Summary:  To adopt a Revenue Purpose Statement specifying the use of revenues the South Tama County Community School District will receive from the State of Iowa Secure an Advanced Vision for Education Fund.

In the South Tama County Community School District, the following Revenue Purpose Statement which specifies the use of revenues the South Tama County Community School District will receive from the State of Iowa Secure an Advanced Vision for Education Fund shall be adopted.


To provide funds to acquire or install information technology infrastructure (including improving buildings or sites for the purpose of accessing broadband digital telecommunications) and school safety and security infrastructure.


To provide funds to build and furnish a new school building or buildings; to build and furnish addition(s) to school buildings in the District; to remodel, reconstruct, repair, expand, and improve the school buildings in the District; to purchase and improve grounds; for demolition work; to furnish and equip district facilities.


To provide funds for the purchase, lease or lease-purchase of buildings, equipment (including transportation and recreation equipment), or technology and to repair transportation equipment for transporting students as authorized by law, to implement energy conservation measures, sharing or rental of facilities including a joint infrastructure project for the purposes of offering classes under a district-to-community college as authorized in Iowa Code Section 423F.3(3)(c), procuring or acquisition of libraries, or opening roads to schoolhouses or buildings.


To provide funds to purchase land as part of start-up costs for new student construction program or if the sale of the previous student construction was insufficient to purchase land, and to purchase construction materials and supplies for a student-constructed building or shed intended to be retained by and used by the District.


To provide funds to make payments to a municipality or other entity as required under Iowa Code Section 403.19(2).


To provide funds for demolition, cleanup, and other costs if such costs are necessitated by, and incurred within two years of, a disaster.


To provide funds to establish and maintain public recreation places and playgrounds; provide for supervision and instruction for recreational activities; or for community education purposes.


To provide funds for the payment of principal and interest or retirement of general obligation bonds issued for school infrastructure purposes, energy improvement loans, loan agreements authorized by Iowa Code Section 297.36, sales, service and use tax revenue bonds issued under Iowa Code Section 423E.5 or Iowa Code Section 423F.4.


To provide funds for property tax relief; and


To provide funds for other authorized expenditures and purposes as now or hereafter permitted by law and designated by the South Tama County Community School District.


It being understood that if this proposition should fail to be approved by the voters, such failure shall not be construed to terminate or restrict authority previously granted by the voters to expend receipts from the Secure an Advanced Vision for Education Fund.

If approved, this Revenue Purpose Statement shall remain in effect until replaced or amended by the South Tama County Community School District.




If a majority of eligible electors voting on the question fail to approve this Revenue Purpose Statement, then upon expiration of the current Revenue Purpose Statement, revenues received by the School District from the Secure an Advanced Vision for Education fund shall be expended in the following order:


The payment of bonds for which SAVE Revenue has been pledged;


Reduction of bond levies under Iowa Code Sections 298.18 and 298.18A and all other debt levies;


Reduction of the regular and voter-approved physical plant and equipment levy under Iowa Code Section 298.2;


Reduction of the public educational and recreational levy under Iowa Code Section 300.2;


For any authorized infrastructure purpose of the school district as defined in Iowa Code Section 423F.3(6); and


             For the payment of principal and interest on bonds issued under Iowa Code Sections 423E.5 and 423F.4.