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School Board And Staff Disappointed With Millage Results
Wednesday May 10, 2017 7:45am
Sturgis, MI

By: Mike Stiles


(STURGIS) – A sinking fund millage request was defeated May 2 by voters in the Sturgis School District.

During Monday's meeting of the Sturgis Board of Education, a Board member and a member of the School staff voiced their disappointment in the results.

Finance Director Ray Sterling says the School did a good job of getting the information out to the public prior to the election. ...... {LISTEN}.

School Board member Paul Gorsuch was also upset that the sinking fund millage didn't pass. ...... {LISTEN}.

The sinking fund request was asking for 1.25 mills over a five year period. It was defeated with 611 No votes cast and 372 Yes votes. The 983 votes represents 8.7 percent of the registered voters in the school district casting ballots.

It's the second time a sinking fund request proposed by the Sturgis Public Schools was defeated in the last seven months. In August 2016, a ten year sinking fund request by Sturgis Schools for 1.25 mills was defeated 891-846.

If the sinking fund had been approved, it would have brought in approximately $514,000 a year for the school district.

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