Ballots are due Tuesday, here’s what you need to know

Ballots for Cascade County elections are due by 8 p.m. Tuesday.

As of Friday, 13,306 ballots countywide had been returned of the 39,260 that were mailed to voters. Elections officials said they estimated about 1,500 ballots had been returned over the weekend, but they were still processing those ballots.

Voters county-wide are being asked about an economic development levy that would allow up to 3 additional mills annually, in perpetuity, for economic development in Cascade County. The County Commission would determine how many mills to levy annually, up to three. It’s currently anticipated to generate an additional $463,488 if approved. That means an additional $4.05 in taxes on homes valued at $100,000. This levy would apply to all property owners within the city limits and throughout Cascade County.

County Commissioners voted earlier this year to send the question to the November ballot. If approved, the money would be collected and appropriated by Cascade County Commissioners.

In the City of Great Falls, voters are choosing a mayor and two City Commissioners.

Candidates for mayor are: incumbent Bob Kelly and Spencer Galloway.

Candidates vying for the two open commission seats are Mary Sheehy Moe, Owen Robinson and Rick Tryon.

You can find links to candidate questionnaires below, as well as links to the forum hosted by The Electric and the Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. Owen Robinson did not return a questionnaire.

Fred Burow remains on the ballot but has dropped out of the race.

Voters are also deciding the fate of urban chickens and amendments to the City Charter. Information on the charter updates and the proposed chicken ordinance should voters elect to legalize backyard hens is also below.

There are also races in Cascade and Belt.

Here’s links to everything you need to know about Tuesday’s election:

Quarter of ballots have been returned county-wide

City Commission candidate questionnaires, ballot tips

Commission candidates take questions, ballots out this week

Candidate Questionnaire: Spencer Galloway

Candidate Questionnaire: Bob Kelly

Candidate Questionnaire: Mary Sheehy Moe

Candidate Questionnaire: Rick Tryon

City ballots in the mail this week

Fred Burow withdraws from commission race, but will remain on November ballot

Financial disclosure forms not filed on time, COPP issues order of noncompliance

Charter amendments make up multiple ballot questions for city voters [Sample ballot included]

Urban chicken forum Thursday; proposed ordinance updated