May Election Preview

By: Beth Shayne
By: Beth Shayne

Grand Ledge is asking for more than $49 million to address everything from overcrowding at the high school to technology needs of the future. They've campaigned aggressively with mailings and coffee chats.

They're optimistic they have the community support to get the 1.9 mil bond passed.

In Okemos, their $7.9 million proposal has spurred a significant opposition. Their bond would buy 12 busses and then technology over five years.

They have drawn criticism from opponents who say the proposal is vague. They say they aren't specifying exactly what kinds of technology they'd purchase in many cases because tech changes so quickly. They're asking voters to trust they'll use the money effectively, for the benefit of the entire district.

"We will have a committee, and we'll store those funds carefully," explains Okemos Citizens Millage Committee co-chair Deborah Duncan, “but we just don't know what in the 4th and 5th year, what the best and most effective way to proceed is."

That millage will ask for about $1.6 million the first year and $4.5 million for the subsequent four years.

Other school districts with bond proposals:
Maple Valley
Dansville
Leslie
Olivet
Charlotte
Fulton
Bath
Dewitt
Carson City
Concord
Hanover-Horton
Vandercook Lake
Camden-Frontier
Jonesville
Litchfield
Reading

Polls open at 7 a.m.


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