GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Bonds for several West Michigan school districts passed easily in Tuesday’s special election.
A $41 million bond for Caledonia Community Schools passed with 71% of the vote. That will pay for a ninth-grade building next to the high school, installation of secure entrances and other district-wide building improvements, and technology purchases. It will not increase taxes.
Among the first races to be called was the $30.9 million bond for East Grand Rapids Public Schools, which passed with 63% of the vote. That bond will pay for secure entrances at buildings across the district, upgrade technology at all buildings, improve lighting and renovate some classrooms and other buildings.
Under the new bond, the owner of a home with a taxable value of $125,000 will pay an additional $312.50 per year.
Two bond proposals for Grand Haven Area Public Schools are projected to pass:
- A $36 million bond had 69% of the vote with 92% of precincts reporting. The money will go toward technology, security and building improvements, as well as bus replacements. This bond did not cause a tax increase.
- A $9.69 million proposal had 61% of the vote with 92% of precincts reporting. It will pay for district-wide fencing, asbestos removal, improved traffic areas at Grand Haven High School and Lakeshore Middle School, and athletic and arts improvements. The owner of a home with a taxable value of $100,000 will pay an additional $47 per year under this bond measure.
A $76.125 million bond for Rockford Public Schools is projected to win. With 93% of precincts reporting, it had 68% of the vote. It will fund school security and technology upgrades, as well as building improvements across the district. The current tax rate will not change.
Two bond issues for Spring Lake Public Schools passed:
- A $49.8 million measure passed with 66% of the vote. It will pay for renovations at most district schools, including major projects at Jeffers and Holmes elementary schools. It would also fund technology upgrades at all schools and bus purchases.
- A $4.47 million proposal passed with 59% of the vote. It will fund improvements to Grabinski Stadium, new multipurpose turf fields at the high school for soccer and lacrosse, upgrades to existing practice fields, restrooms at the high school tennis courts and additional parking.
The owner of a home with a taxable value of $75,000 will pay an additional $50.25 per year under the bonds.
In November 2013, Spring Lake voters failed a $59.8 million bond by 89 votes.
Voters approved a $36.75 million bond for South Haven Public Schools with 61% of the vote. That will pay to add secure entrances and cameras at all buildings and fund district-wide technology improvements and building improvements.
Under the new bond, the owner of a home with a $75,000 taxable value would pay an additional $117 per year.
A $89.95 million bond for West Ottawa Public Schools also passed with 67% of the vote. It will pay for heating and cooling and technology upgrades, as well as renovating school entrances and improving traffic flow at middle and elementary schools.
And in the City of Grand Rapids, voters approved two proposals to extend the current income tax to pay for road repairs in exchange for making the city responsible for sidewalk repair costs. Initially passed in 2010, the city’s income tax was at the time sold as a temporary measure to fund programs to make city offices more efficient. It was originally set to run out in 2015, but voters decided Tuesday to extend extended until 2030.