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Special elections across eastern Iowa Tuesday

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JOHNSON COUNTY (KWWL) - For some Iowans, Tuesday is election day. Here's a look at what's on the ballot.

Voters in Swisher will elect a new mayor. This comes after Tim Mason resigned last year -- though he hasn't said why.

The Johnson County auditor fears weather may keep people from the polls.

"(If) people are coming home from work and it's snowing at 3 o'clock, they're probably going to skip stopping and voting, which we hope isn't the case," said Travis Weipert, Johnson County Auditor.

Snow could also impact turnout in the Clear Creek Amana Community School District. Officials are asking for bond approval up to $48 million  to build a new elementary school, add to the current middle school, and improve the district's heating and cooling systems.

Fewer than 300 people have voted early.

"Way behind their record turnout," said Weipert.

Turnout is also looking low for the Central City and North-Linn districts, both of which want to put the state's maximum Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) in place. That would mean an increase in property taxes.

Here's what this would mean for your wallet, according to Iowa School Finance Information Services:

If you live in the North-Linn district and your home is worth $100,000, then your property tax bill would go up by $66.40. In Central City, the increase wouldn't be as drastic because there's already a PPEL in place.Your bill would go up $33.20.

"This is a levy that is going to be added onto the existing property taxes, or can be added onto the existing property taxes, and directly affect how much money you have," said Joel Miller, Linn County Auditor.

There are no special elections tomorrow in Black Hawk County, but the Denver Community School District has an election that will involve some Black Hawk County residents since they live in the district.

Also in Iowa County, there's a special election on school bonds in Williamsburg.

Poll opening and closing times vary. In Linn County, voters will use vote centers which will be open from 7 a.m. through 8 p.m.

To see your vote center, click here. For voting hours and locations in Johnson County, click here.
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