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Tax Question In Whitmore Lake School District Wins Narrow Voter Approval

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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

Nearly three-quarters of David Fair’s 20+ years in radio has been at WEMU. Since 1994, he has been on the air at 5am each weekday on 89.1 FM as the local host of NPR’s Morning Edition. Over the years, Fair has had the opportunity to interview nationally and internationally known politicians, activists and celebrities. But he feels the most important features and interviews have been with those who live and work here at home. He believes his professional passions and desires fit perfectly into WEMU’s commitment to serving a local audience.
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