Roads, school improvement issues in front of Michigan voters

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By: Jon Zimney jzimney@953mnc.com

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, is special election day in Michigan. Polls in Michigan are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Voters in Niles will decide whether to approve bond proposals for school improvements.

“Bond 2015,” is a set of 2 bonds in front of people living in the Niles Community Schools district.

They’re focused on improvements at some buildings, as well as closing some that are too costly to bring up to date.

If voters approve the bill, $40 million dollars meant for funding improvements would be available to spend for upgrades, according to 95.3 MNC’s news partner ABC 57. In addition, Ellis Elementary School and Cedar Lane Alternative High School would close, as would the west side administration center.

Some of the improvements include building new public address and telephone systems, and new security and safety features. The owner of a $100,000 home would pay an additional $140 for the first bond. The second bond would be an addutional $50.

Michigan voters will decide whether to approve Proposal 1.

It’s a one percent tax increase that would generate $1.2 billion a year more for road improvements.

Governor Snyder says that no one likes tax increases, but this one is needed to ensure safer travel.

Critics, however, say it would give money to special interests.

Passage of the measure would allocate nearly $300 million to schools and $90 million to local governments.