Legislation has been introduced to move school board and fire district elections to November, in an effort to save money and get more people to the polls. Fire district elections occur in February and school elections are in April.
Under the bill:
– Fire commissioner and school boards will be elected at the general election in November. Fire commissioners will take office on the first Tuesday in December and school board members will take office at the beginning of January.
– Fire district budget votes would also be moved to November.
– School budgets that fall within a state-mandated cap will not be submitted to voters.
– School budgets that seek to exceed the cap will go to voters for approval in November elections.
The bill has been referred to the Assembly State Government Committee.