Charlotte voters say no to school millage

CHARLOTTE, MI (WLNS) – After the Charlotte School District did their homework to figure out all that needs to go into a sinking fund for the future of the district.

Voters overwhelmingly said no.

The school district realizes voter turnout was low, but those who showed up didn’t want to see their taxes go up because of a school millage.

In Charlotte, 68 percent of voters slammed the door Tuesday on the possibility of raising taxes to help the school district with construction and repairs.

Though school officials are upset it didn’t pass, the school board will go back to the drawing board to see what else can be done.

“Me, personally I’m disappointed because our community has been very supportive in the past. Our next step is for our board to have a good conversation and deliberate the pros and cons on what we delivered to the community,” said Mark Rosekrans, superintendent, Charlotte School District.

The district performed a facility audit on all schools in the district. The audit broke it down into sections electrical, mechanical, the building itself and the site the school sits on if this millage had passed it would have raised taxes to protect the needed repairs 20-years in the future.

Some voters just didn’t think now was the time.

“I think that if the economy was different it would pass and protect what we have. With the economy like it is we can’t keep our roads repaired,” said Brenda Hall, voter, Charlotte.

Rosekrans says more than $500,000 would have come in the first year, but he’s staying positive.

“I am hopeful that if we work at it that message will be received by our community it will result in a positive vote.”

Again Superintendent Rosekrans is being optimistic and hopes voters will agree to the millage in the near future.

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