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Some West Michigan counties heading to the polls Tuesday

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WEST MICHIGAN —  February 24 is election day across several West Michigan communities. A common theme appears to be schools and road repairs.

In Muskegon County, the idea is to fix crumbling roads and bridges. The county is asking for an extra 1.5 mills for the next 10 years. So, the owner of a $100,000 home would pay an extra $75 dollars per year in taxes. It’s estimated the additional 1.5 mills would being in an extra $6.75 million in the first year alone. The funds collected in each municipality would stay in that municipality.

Tri-County Area Schools in Sand Lake and Howard City is asking for a 1.5 mills increase for the next five years. It’s called a sinking funds millage. It’s a “pay as you go” millage, so Tri-County Area Schools would not pay any interest on the funding. The money would go directly to the schools for improved safety and security as well as educational and energy efficiency upgrades. The owner of a $100,000 home would pay an extra $75 a year for the next five years.

Kalamazoo Township also has a road millage up for election. It is a 10 year bond totalling $9.75 million. The county estimates 73% of Kalamazoo township’s roads are in fair or poor condition. IT’s a 2.51 mill average increase over the 10 years, averaging $100 extra dollars per year for what the treasurer described as an average home owner, one with a $40,000 taxable property value.

The Zeeland Public Schools district is asking for $53.5 million in a bond proposal to address three things: safety and security, technology in the classroom, and additions to some of the buildings in order to keep up with a predicted growth of 500 additional students over the next five to eight years. It would add .94 mill, which would mean an additional $47 for a homeowner of a $100,000 home. It would last 20 years.

Kelloggsville Public Schools also have a vote, but won’t require a millage increase. Instead, the district is asking for a continuation of the millage that’s set to expire this year.

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