Don’t Forget To Vote: Local Issues On Ballots Include School Funding
GROSSE POINTE (WWJ/AP) – Tuesday is election day in Michigan for school districts and local governments in 50 of Michigan’s 83 counties. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Voters in metro Detroit are considering a number of local issues, including a hotly debated technology bond in the Grosse Pointe communities.
Grosse Pointe Public Schools, which says students are hampered by aging technology, has a roughly $50 million bond on the ballot. The money would let the district build a fiber optic network, purchase equipment, renovate infrastructure and improve security. But Critics argue that the price tag is too steep.
The 10-year measure would raise taxes by 2.28 mills in the first year. A mill is $1 per $1,000 of a property’s assessed value, and Michigan assesses property at half its estimated market value. It would cost the owner of a home with a $100,000 taxable value about $228 a year.
Westwood Community Schools, West Bloomfield Schools, Anchor Bay Schools and Wyandotte schools are all asking for a renewal of 18-mill levies on non-homestead properties. Wyandotte will also ask for a 1-mill Headlee override millage for non-homestead properties.
Clawson Public Schools is asking voters to extend the current tax rate to cover nearly $10 million in school improvements over 20 years.
The Salem-South Lyon Library district is asking for nearly a half mil to pay for library operations and services.
Stay with WWJ Newsradio 950 and CBSDetroit.com as the results come in.
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