March 12 is mailing date for Elizabeth ballots

Voters will make decisions on mayor, trustees, proposed lodging tax

Posted 2/25/18

Elizabeth will begin sending mail-in ballots for this year's municipal election to registered voters starting March 12, about three weeks before the completed ballots must be received by the town …

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March 12 is mailing date for Elizabeth ballots

Voters will make decisions on mayor, trustees, proposed lodging tax

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Elizabeth will begin sending mail-in ballots for this year's municipal election to registered voters starting March 12, about three weeks before the completed ballots must be received by the town clerk's office.

Elizabeth residents will elect a mayor and make choices for two seats on the town board of trustees, and they will vote on whether to approve a proposal to enact a lodging tax.

“This will be a mail-in ballot election,” said Amanda Moore, Elizabeth town clerk. “The first day we are allowed to send ballots to voters is March 12. We expect to mail out about 800 ballots. Registered voters who do not receive a ballot in the mail can pick one up from our office any time up to Election Day, which is April 3. To count, the ballots must be returned by to the Elizabeth town clerk's office by no later than 7 p.m. April 3.”

Two incumbents, Steve Gaither and Tammy Payne, are running unopposed for seats on the six-member Elizabeth Board of Trustees.

Gaither is completing a four-year term on the board while Payne became a board member to fill a vacancy and has been on the board for about six months.

Since there are two candidates for two trustee positions, the rules of the election state that the candidate with the most votes will serve a four-year term on the board of trustees and the other candidate will serve a two-year term.

Voters will select one of three candidates to serve four years as Elizabeth's mayor. The three candidates are Rachel White, Megan Vasquez and Scott Walter. White has completed a two-year term and a four-year term on the board and served two years of her current four-year term as a member of the board of trustees and she is serving as the mayor pro tem. Vasquez has served two years of a four-year term of the board of trustees. If either White or Vasquez is not elected mayor, they will serve the remainder of their term on the trustee board.

Walter has not served on the board of trustees.

Elizabeth has a term limit policy that limits members to 10 years of service on the board of trustees. Moore said most members usually voluntarily limit their service to eight years.

The ballot issue asks for voter approval for a lodging tax.

“The board of trustees unanimously approved placing the lodging tax question on the municipal ballot on Jan. 23,” said Grace Erickson, community development director. “We do not have a motel or hotel in Elizabeth and we don't know of plans to build one in the town. The proposal is to have the tax on the books when a lodging facility is built.”

The issue was on the 2016 ballot and failed by a vote of 435 to 255.

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