School Millage Requests On Tuesday Ballots
By: Mike Stiles - Tuesday, November 5, 2019

(UNDATED) – School millage requests will be on the ballots for three area school districts during today's elections.

Voters in the Three Rivers School District will be presented with a ten year extension of the current 4.9 mill tax rate which is currently being used to pay down bonds on the elementary and high school buildings. School officials say the money generated from the bond is anticipated to be just over $61 million. The funds would be used to make improvements to transportation, school and athletic facilities in the district.

Burr Oak Community Schools will present voters with a renewal of their building and site sinking fund. The request is for 3 mills over five years. If the site sinking fund is renewed, it would generate approximately $136,000 a year over the life of the millage.

School officials say they would use the money for such projects as upgrades to the middle school and high school science rooms; create bus storage; replace the gym ceiling; put in new furnaces at the high school along with other projects.

A renewal of a building and site sinking fund will also be presented to voters in the Coldwater Community School District. If approved, this sinking fund would replace the current millage, which is set to expire in December 2020.

Because of a change in the Michigan Laws, this request has to be called a new millage, even though it is a renewal of the current millage of .9740 mills.

Polls will be open today until 8 PM.


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