Manatee Election Day is here

June 18, 2013 

Manatee Election Day is here

What: Registered voters in Manatee County vote today on two referendum issues.

• Whether to approve a half-cent tax to raise $23 million to pay for county health care programs, including services for the indigent. If residents vote to approve the tax hike, from 6.5 percent to 7 percent, the county projects it will raise $23 million to pay for county health care programs, including services for the indigent. The county now pays for it with a health care fund set to run out in 2015 and property taxes.

• Whether to grant county commissioners the authority to grant property tax exemptions to new and expanding businesses.

Where: All Manatee county precincts will be open.

When: Polls open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Absentee ballots: All absentee ballots should be returned to the supervisor of elections office before 7 p.m. Tuesday.Elections deputy: Bobby Edington. Supervisor of elections: Michael Bennett.

What's new: "Voting on demand" system. The new machines print out a ballot unique to each voter when identification is swiped at the check-in counter. Bennett said it has proven efficient and accurate.

Information: 941-741-3823, or visit votemanatee.com.

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