LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Michigan taxpayers sent some mixed messages yesterday as they accepted some revenue increases for schools and local government but they also rejected some as well.
Michigan voters had a chance to increase funding for schools, beef up spending for public safety, pay for public transportation and pay for local road repairs.
Here’s what they decided:
– Three road millages passed, two failed.
– All four millages for buses passed
– 17 public safety issues were adopted and two were defeated.
In the education arena it was a mixed bag as 16 millages passed but 13 failed, including one in Charlotte. But in the Jackson area two passed including the Concord schools and the Hanover-Horton schools.
At the Michigan Association of School Boards they celebrated the passage of all the renewal millages but refused to characterize the rejection of more revenue as a tax revolt. “It’s a commitment to our schools,” said Jennifer Smith of the MASB. “Renewals are always easier to pass than an increase.” When asked if there is a voter tax revolt she replied “I don’t think that’s it. It was a mixed bag around the state. I don’t think it’s a tax revolt.”
Of course for the schools that flunked the millage test she adds “I think those schools that failed have to go back to the drawing board and see what the communities want and expect out of their schools and what they can go back and ask for.”