Upper Fairfield Township voters will have a new polling place beginning with the upcoming primary election on May 17.
On Wednesday, the Lycoming County Board of Elections, which this year is comprised of county Court Judges Richard A. Gray, Marc F. Lovecchio and Joy R. McCoy, approved the Upper Fairfield Township building, 4090 Route 87, as the new polling place.
The new site was needed because the former site, the Farragut school on Route 864, has "structural issues" that prevent it from being used, said Sandy Adams, director of county Voter Services.
Adams said township Supervisor Luther Lunt was extremely helpful in helping to facilitate the move. The building is accessible to people with disabilities and has handicapped parking.
The board also approved a referendum tax question for the primary ballot for the Wellsboro Area School District. Only county voters from Pine Township will vote on the question, which asks whether voters agree to an additional 0.0502-mill tax increase for the 2011-12 fiscal year.
The increase will be used to support full-day kindergarten, core subject teaching positions, elementary classroom instruction, unified arts programs, extra curricular and athletic programs and drivers' education.
A referendum is needed for tax increases that exceed a tax index set by the state Department of Education. The index generally is related to the rate of inflation.
Copies of a "nonlegal" explanation of the question will be provided to voters at the polls, Adams said.
In other business, Adams made the following announcements:
There will be a new entrance for the South Williamsport 1 precinct at South Williamsport United Methodist Church, 409 Main St. The entrance and voting will be on the upper level of the church off of the parking lot.
The last day to apply for an absentee ballot is 5 p.m. May 10 at the Voter Services office on the first floor of the Executive Plaza, 330 Pine St.
Election results will be displayed in the commissioners board room of the Executive Plaza or can be viewed online on the county website at www.lyco.org.
Sample ballots are available on the county website or at Voter Services.
A voting machine containing a sample of the ballot is on public exhibit at Voter Services.
The Executive Plaza parking lot will be closed to the general public from 5 p.m. May 17 to 5 a.m. May 18. The lot will be closed to accommodate polling officials bringing election results and equipment back to the Executive Plaza, Adams said.