Ballots due Feb. 10 from Blaine, Everson, Ferndale, Nooksack voters

Ballots are due Tuesday, Feb. 10, for voters in the Ferndale, Everson and Nooksack areas and Blaine and Nooksack Valley school districts

Ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday or put in a ballot drop box by 8 p.m. that day to be valid. The Whatcom County Auditor’s Office recommends mailing ballots no later than Monday to ensure they are postmarked in time to be valid.

The Blaine School District is asking voters to approve a $45 million bond that would pay to renovate the high school and upgrade Blaine elementary and primary school buildings. The 20-year bond would replace the current bond that expires in 2016.

Tax rates are projected to cost property owners $1.04 per $1,000 of a home’s assessed value, or $260 a year for a $250,000 home. That is slightly less than the rates of the current bond.

Nooksack Valley School District is looking for voter approval of a $27.9 million bond that would replace Nooksack Valley Middle School, renovate parts of Nooksack Valley High School, and add classrooms to Nooksack Valley Elementary School.

It would raise taxes $1.72 per $1,000 of a home’s assessed value, or $430 per year for the owner of a home valued at $250,000. The previous bond that expired in 2013 averaged $2.38 per $1,000 of a home’s assessed value.

Ferndale, Everson and Nooksack voters are being asked if their cities should officially join the fire districts that already provide services in their area. Voters in Whatcom County Fire Districts 1 and 7 are being asked the same question from their end. No tax rates or services would change if the proposals pass.

Drop boxes for these elections are located at Blaine Library, 610 3rd St.; Deming Library, 5044 Mount Baker Highway; Everson WECU, 106 E. Main St.; Ferndale City Hall, 2095 Main St.; Lynden Library, 216 4th St.; south parking lot of Whatcom County Courthouse, 201 Grand Ave.