Voter Turnout Steady Precinct Workers Say

By: Lori Dougovito Email
By: Lori Dougovito Email

School elections will determine bond proposals, tax issues and school board seats.

Grand Ledge and Okemos Public Schools are depending on voters to say yes to their multi-million dollar bond proposals.

In Okemos, it's a $6.8 million proposal that would go towards buying and installing technology and buying school buses. Retired Superintendent James Olin voted yes. "I think, at this point, they need it. I think the local communities have to step forward," Olin says.

In Grand Ledge, a two part, $40 million bond proposal would pay for building renovations and technology improvements as well as updating athletic fields. Parent Linda Barner voted yes on the first part, no on the second. "We need the upgrade. They need to bring the schools into modern technology, I can pay for that, but things are tight at home too. I can't pay for the other, for the sports fields," Barner says.

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  • by Tom Location: DeWitt on May 9, 2007 at 05:28 AM
    Good schools mean a high return when you sell your house. It also means that students are more able to receive scholarships. This also means that my community profits because people will be more willing to buy a house in a district where schools deliver an excellent education.
  • by Lariza Location: Sunfield on May 8, 2007 at 05:19 PM
    Upgrades and repairs are needed but we have to examine if what we are voting for are needs or wants. Unfortunately, with the leaving of jobs in the area so have the residents. So, if the residents continue to leave and homes continue to go up for sale or into forclosure, how can this community afford an additional 29 million dollars added to an existing 17 million dollar debt? It is like paying with a credit card not knowing what your income is going to be next month. It is financially irresponsible.
  • by David Location: Charlotte on May 8, 2007 at 05:05 PM
    I never vote yes for a millage or a bond I pay over 1300 $ a year for propety taxes. Im tired of schools and citys and the state always tring to raise my taxes. The township that I live in hasnt rasied my taxes in years maybe the schools need to find a better way of doing things like making teachers pay a good portion of there health ins.
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