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Tax Question In Whitmore Lake School District Wins Narrow Voter Approval

Aug 7, 2019

The Whitmore Lake School District won voter approval for a 10-year, one-mill tax to fund recreation services on Tuesday.  As 89.1 WEMU’s David Fair reports, the tax question just barely got by.

In all, there were 1,259 votes cast in Tuesday’s election.  651 were counted in favor of the measure, 608 against.  Despite the narrow margin, the Whitmore Lake schools will be able to collect almost $346-thousand dollars annually to maintain the pool and athletic facilities in the district.  The new tax will be levied through 2028 and replaces a .59-mill tax that was set to run through 2023.

It is expected the new revenue will increase public access to the district pool and reduce energy costs through the purchase of a new pool cover.  Other facility improvements will include upgrades to the walking track and high school weight room and two new basketball courts.

The other two ballot measures decided yesterday in Washtenaw County also passed.  The Washtenaw Intermediate School District won approval for a $53.2-million-dollar bond issue and the Chelsea District Library won a 10-year tax renewal.

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— David Fair is the WEMU News Director and host of Morning Edition on WEMU.  You can contact David at 734.487.3363, on twitter @DavidFairWEMU, or email him at dfair@emich.edu