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Published: Tuesday, 5/7/2013

Ten Mich. school districts approve 18-mill property tax renewal for businesses, second homes.


Voters in the Morenci School District approved a 7-mill bond issue today to fund building and technology upgrades and security improvements.

The bond issue was among property tax levy requests and renewals that were decided by voters in southeast Michigan.

Ten school districts including Morenci approved an 18-mill property tax renewal for businesses and second homes.

In Monroe County, operating renewals were approved for Mason Consolidated, Monroe, Airport, Whiteford Agricultural, and Summerfield schools. In Lenawee County, voters in Onsted Community, Madison, and Clinton Community schools districts approved the non-homestead property tax renewal. The five-year operating millage for Camden Frontier Schools in Hillsdale County also was approved.

Monroe also had a 1-mill, five-year sinking-fund levy renewal on its ballot for building and site improvements. That tax, which produces annual revenue of $1,717,204 to the district, won by a wide margin.

Voters in the Madison Schools District approved a 0.287-mill, three-year sinking fund to pay for expenses related to its buildings. The district collects about $51,000 annually from the millage.

Two millage requests to fund the Tecumseh Library District were approved. The first issue is a 10-year, 1.15-mill renewal that was originally passed when the library district was spun off from the Tecumseh school district and formed 10 years ago. The second was a 0.2-mill increase, also for 10 years..

A 1-mill road and dust control levy in Monroe County's Ash Township was defeated. The tax would have yielded an estimated $315,000 in annual revenue for road and bridge maintenance.

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