A number of proposals were left up to voters in Knox, Lakeshore, Buchanan and Marcellus Tuesday night. From debt reducing to school repairing, the proposals were tossed to the public to rule on. Here is how the votes broke down:
Knox residents made a big decision for one of their schools Tuesday, May 7, as the community voted 458-556 against tearing down and building a new wing to Knox Community Elementary School.
Voter turnout was not as high as expected at the local community center with only 10-percent of registered voters casting a ballot. Had the measure passed, the plan was to rebuild the school from the boiler room to the classrooms.
Superintendent A.J. Gappa said, "Well if it doesn't pass then we are back where we started and we keep moving along just like we have, patching and when things go wrong taking care of them as an ongoing basis."
Lakeshore voted on two school bonding proposals Tuesday night. The first was on whether Lakeshore Public Schools should borrow $36,760,000 to construct, furnish and equip additional school buildings, as well as adding new technology and equipment for classrooms.
The estimated millage for the proposed bonds in 2013, is 2.20 mills, or, $2.20 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation. The district does not expect to obtain loans from the program to repay its current outstanding bonds.
Proposal one passed, 2273-2143
The second bonding proposal was on whether the district could borrow $16,87,000 and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor, to build, furnish and equip a new elementary school building, adding additions to and remodeling several other school buildings and playgrounds.
Proposal two failed, 1984-2424 voting no.
Buchanan Community Schools had a $14,900,000 proposal up for a vote as well. The money would be used towards furnishing and refurbishing schools, developing new playgrounds and tennis courts and improving other sites.
In a 561-463 vote, the measure passed.
The estimated millage that will be collected for the proposed bonds is 2.19 mills, or roughly $2.19 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation, for a zero-net increase in debt millage.
Marcellus Community Schools proposed $15,600,000 for additions and remodeling, as well as for new technology and school buses did not pass.
Some 790 registered voters turned out but did not support the measure, it failed 308-482.