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School bond proposal results

The May 4 election included bond proposals from multiple mid-Michigan school districts.
Published: May. 4, 2021 at 8:40 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Votes have been tallied to see if and how some school districts will fund upcoming initiatives. The May 4 election included bond proposals from multiple mid-Michigan school districts. Below are some of the most significant decisions that were made for mid-Michigan schools and the unofficial results.

Okemos - 100% reporting

  • Okemos Public Schools Operating Millage Renewal Proposal - 81% Yes, 19% No (100% reporting)
  • Okemos Public Schools Sinking Fund Millage Proposal - 69% Yes, 31% No (100% reporting)

Residents in Okemos voted on both a millage proposal and a millage renewal measure.

For the new millage, Okemos Public Schools asked the community to provide a $0.9861 (about a dollar) in tax for each $1,000 of taxable valuation. This will go on for a period of 10 years and will be used to create a sinking fund for the construction or repair of school buildings, for school security improvements, for the acquisition or upgrading of technology.

The millage renewal will allow the school district to continue to levy up to 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to operate as normal.

Waverly - 55% Yes, 45% No, 100% reporting

Unofficial results from Eaton County: 1,521 yes, 881 no

Unofficial results from Ingham County: 268 yes, 223 no

Total: 1,789 yes, 1,104 no

Waverly the bond will cover a lot of improvements in Waverly Community Schools. The Waverly Community Schools Board of Education placed a 30-year, $125 million bond proposal on the May 4 election ballot. The purpose of the bond issue is to add capacity at the elementary schools and address safety, security, and facility improvements district-wide.

“This bond issue would allow us to make needed updates to spaces across the district so we can create modern, 21st-century learning environments for Waverly students, without asking homeowners to raise the debt millage,” said Superintendent Kelly Blake prior to Tuesday’s election.

Additional bond improvements proposed include:

  • Mechanical system upgrades throughout the district
  • New furnishings and finish updates in all buildings
  • New bus and student technology purchases
  • Secure vestibule entrances at the elementary and high schools
  • Cafeteria and media center renovations at the middle school and high school
  • Community locker room renovation at East Intermediate

Holt - 51% Yes, 49% No, 100% - 100% reporting

Unofficial results from Eaton County: 448 yes, 469 no

Unofficial results from Ingham County: 2,622 yes, 2,497 no

Total: 3,070 yes, 2,966 no

Holt’s bond proposal asked the public to fund a major organizational transition. School administrators say the bond will provide $148 million in funding for four key areas of critical infrastructure, security, learning environments, and innovation over the next 8 years.

Taxpayers were asked to vote on a projected tax decrease of 1.77 mils when compared to the previous year’s tax rate. Holt Superintendent Dr. David Hornak says that the restructuring is projected to be a net decrease to taxpayers.

It will also move students to a more traditional setup as ages relate to school buildings.

“This proposal re-configures our schools and reduces transitions for students,” Hornak wrote in a statement on the district’s website leading up to the election. “...if approved by voters, the fifth grade would return to our elementary buildings, our middle schools would serve 6-8 graders, and our high school would become a traditional 9-12 high school.”

Holt building configuration
Holt building configuration(WILX 2021)

For a full list of elections by county see below, or go to Michigan.gov/SoS.

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