Special election Tuesday in 5 school districts and 1 city

Voters are considering critical school funding measures. In Mill Creek, they are pondering a new partner for fire services.

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EVERETT — Election day has arrived in a handful of Snohomish County communities.

On Tuesday, voters in the Marysville, Granite Falls, Lakewood, Stanwood-Camano and Sultan school districts will decide the fate of multi-year property tax levies to pay for teachers, special education services, athletic programs, computers and facility improvements not covered by state dollars. Each is intended to replace a levy expiring at the end of 2022.

Marysville, Sultan and Granite Falls are each running two levies — one for education and operations and the other for capital improvements and technology. Lakewood and Stanwood-Camano are each seeking approval of a capital projects and technology levy.

And in Mill Creek, they are deciding whether a nearby agency will step in to provide fire services within the city when the city’s current emergency services contract with a different provider expires at the end of the year.

Information, including arguments for and against each measure, can be found in local voter pamphlets posted online.

Ballots can be placed in one of 15 designated drop boxes until 8 p.m. Or they can be mailed without a stamp. However, return envelopes must be postmarked no later than Tuesday to be counted.

For eligible voters, it is not too late to participate. Washington permits same-day registration and voting. That means you can register and vote until 8 p.m. Tuesday. You must do so in person at the Snohomish County Auditor’s Office or the designated voting center at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 16710 Smokey Point Blvd. in Arlington.

Both are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

If you have any last-minute issues, contact the Snohomish County elections office at 425-388-3444.

Jerry Cornfield: 360-352-8623; jcornfield@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @dospueblos.

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