Michigan School Bond Vote

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Three school districts in Michigan are asking voters to pay higher property taxes to build better schools.

Tuesday Cassopolis, Brandywine, and Niles all had school improvement bond proposals on the ballot.

Brandywine and Niles Community Schools both started with plans that voters said were too expensive.

School leaders came back with plans that were smaller and somewhat of a compromise.

Tuesday Brandywine's $5.75 million dollar bond proposal was on the ballot.

If the plan passes it will reauthorize their original project that passed back in 2003.

It's a plan of success Niles schools hope to follow.

The school district's bond proposal was defeated last year in February.

This year school leaders drafted one that is 4 mills instead of 7.

It also renovates all four elementary schools and updates technology and security at the high school and middle school.

“I think we can improve our schools education. It’s the most important thing we can do for our children. I mean Michigan… it’s in sad shape,” says Marsha Brubaker who voted yes for the Niles bond proposal.

“I feel in my gut it will be okay and we can't work this hard on something and take a negative stance on it.. if we lost its about taxes and not about the school,” says Gloria Cooper who campaigned in favor of Niles bond proposal.

Only a third of the voters in the Niles school district have children that go to the schools.

The last time the Niles bond was defeated was by 3 to 1.

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