April 8 is the last day of regular registration for both the Big Sky Fire Department’s proposed 10.36 mill levy increase and the Big Sky School District’s proposed $10.2 million bond issue. Ballots must be returned to the county offices by May 7, either by hand or mail.

Those leaving town can pick up their ballots between April 15-18 at the Gallatin County Election Offices, at the county courthouse in Bozeman.

“This is because we know people are leaving the Big Sky area,” said elections Clerk and Recorder Charlotte Mills, noting that ballots will not be forwarded. She asked those who aren’t leaving town not to come in, because they will otherwise be mailed out on April 22.

Although the fire and school districts overlap, their borders are different. For those who live in both, everything will be on one ballot, Mills said. Voters living in only one district will only get the applicable questions on their ballots.

For the school election, registration closes at 5 p.m. on April 8. For the fire district election, late registration is available at the county elections office through 8 p.m. on voting day, May 7.

One other special rule applies to the fire district: Absentee property owners there can vote in that election by contacting the elections office at (406) 582-3060.