Q: Are absentee ballots available for the upcoming vote on the Grand Forks Public Schools referendum? How do I get one?

Yes, absentee ballots are available for the upcoming vote, which will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, at the Alerus Center.

Absentee ballots are available from the county auditor's office before the election; ballots must be postmarked by June 21 to be counted. The auditor's office is at 151 South Fourth St. or call 701-780-8200.

Ballots also are available through the Grand Forks Public Schools office, 2400 47th Ave. S., or by calling Business Manager Scott Berge at 701-746-2200.

On the ballot, Grand Forks voters will be asked to decide two questions:

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Question 1: Shall Grand Forks Public School District No. 1 of Grand Forks County, North Dakota, issue its general obligation bonds in the amount not to exceed $86,000,000 maturing within a maximum of 20 years, resulting in an estimated additional millage of 21.95 mills, equal to $21.95 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation for the first taxable year, for the purpose of providing funds, together with any other funds available, to construct and equip a new K-8 school building; to demolish school buildings; to renovate, remodel and improve school buildings; and to otherwise improve and renovate school property.

Question 2: Shall the school building fund levy of Grand Forks Public School District No. 1 of Grand Forks County, North Dakota, be increased from 10 mills to 20 mills as permitted by Section 57-15-16 of the North Dakota Century Code.