Supervisor of Elections Ida Elliott’s office has mailed out more than 5,000 ballots to property owners on St. George Island and Alligator Point as her office prepares for a special election to determine whether to raise the fees for fire protection.



Carrie Johnson, a spokeswoman for the office, said that 3,474 ballots were mailed to residents of the island, while 1,790 went out to those in the Alligator Point/St. Teresa fire district. She noted that each ballot represents a parcel, so that owners with multiple parcels would have received multiple ballots.



Residents in these two areas are being asked, on the mail-in ballot, to decide whether the annual special assessment of their Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) be increased from $50 to $95 per year.



The MSBU money goes to fund fire and rescue services for all property within that unit. If approved, the increase would apply only to improved properties with a house, and there would be no increases on any other property within the district.



The two elections are separate, so both could be approved, both defeated, or the results could be mixed. All results are due by the supervisor of elections office by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14.



Johnson stressed that those taking part in the election do not have to be registered voters, but must be property owners in the respective districts.



The L & A (logic and accuracy) testing for this election will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7 at the Supervisor of  Elections Office, 47 Avenue F, Apalachicola.



If you have any questions or if you own property and did not receive a ballot, please contact the elections office at 653-9520 or email to icelliott@votefranklin.com – By DAVID ADLERSTEIN