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School Voting Reported 'very Slow'

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Despite optimal yjsting conditions - sunny skies - precinct workers described voting this morning as "very, very slow" in the Ann Arbor Board of Education election. At 11 a.m. with 62 of the district's 70 precincts reporting, 2,523 voters had cast ballots. One precinct, Pittsfield Township precinct 4, reported only three persons had voted between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. School administrators have predicted a 30 per 'cent turn out of registered voters for today's election. Some 942 voters took out absentee ballots for the election. Last year 18,875 persons voted. At 11 a.m. last yeareihly 3,235 persons - about 17 per cent of the total vote - had voted. The ballot consists of two millage issues plus the election of three new Board of Education members to threeyear terms each. An 11.66 mili renewal to opérate the schools and a separate 1-mill levy for the library are being voted on. Board of Education members and supporters of the 11.66 mili levy have emphasized throughout the campaign that the 11.66 milis, if passed, will not mean an increase in taxes. If approved, the tax rate will remain at 32.55 milis, the same as for the 1972-73 school year. If the 1-mill authorization for the library is approved, taxpayers will pay up to an extra $1 every $1,000 of assessed valuation of property. The increase in taxes on a $20,000 house with an assessed valuation of $10,000 would be $10. Whether or not separate funding for the library is approved, it will remain under the control of the Board of Education. The school board election ballot consists of nine candidates: Henry Alting, Diana Autin, Wendy Barhydt, Merrylin "Terry" Martin, Patricia Pooley Charles Votaw, Paul Weinhold, Judith Wood and Christopher Reaske. Reaske has withdrawn his candidacy. A 10th candidate, Trustee Charles Good, filed petitions to run but withdrew in time to keep his name off the ballot. Good was the only incumbent to file. The terms of Good and Trustees Paul Carrington and Robert Conn expire June 30. Polls will be open until 8 p.m. Ann Arbor school officials have invited the public to visit election headquarters at Pioneer High School east cafeteria after the polls close twatch the election returns. m