Candidate filing opens Monday

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WALLA WALLA — Candidate filing week begins Monday for city councils, school boards, port districts and other posts up for election this year.

Candidates can file from 9 a.m. Monday until 4 p.m. Friday online through the county Elections Department website or in person at the Elections Department office in the appropriate county. People may also file by mail.

If a filing fee is required, the electronic filing is not complete until the fee is received. The fee must be received by 4 p.m. Friday. Credit card payments will be accepted online. Filing fees are not refundable.

The primary election will be Aug. 6, followed by the general election on Nov. 5.

In Oregon, Umatilla County voters will decide a number of offices on May 21, including election of a new county commissioner for the board’s position 1 seat.

Milton-Freewater school district voters will also decide on a five-year local option tax for operations and capital projects.

The proposal would levy a tax of $1 per $1,000 assessed value on property owners — $150 per year on a home valued at $150,000, for example. The levy would raise an estimated $300,000 per year and qualify the district to receive about $350,000 per year in equalization grant revenue from the state.

According to the district, the funds would be used to finance maintenance, security and safety improvements, bus replacement and curriculum materials.

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