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Voters go to the polls today in Michigan

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KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- It’s an election day in Michigan and with the State Legislature shifting School Board Elections to November...Kalamazoo Clerk Tim Snow says that leaves mainly school bond issues on the ballot.

The only one seeking new money is for building renovations in the Vicksburg Schools.

Snow says the small slivers of the Otsego, Plainwell and St. Joseph County school districts that slop over the Kalamazoo County line will be voting on funding issues.

Voters in the Kalamazoo School District are being asked to renew a 20-year old millage used to expand and operate the library system.

Library Executive Director Ann Rohrbaugh says they have suffered a lot of the same revenue issues as the schools, and the decline in property values means even this millage doesn’t generate what it used to.

She says if it fails they would have to make deep cuts in operations.

The library district includes all of the city of Kalamazoo, the Townships of Kalamzoo and Oshtemo and part of Texas township.

Voters in Kalamazoo’s 9-school districts are all being asked to renew a school operating millage that they have renewed three times already.

K-RESA Supt. David Campbell says it was originally proposed to counter funding cuts that came over a decade ago when Michigan began its “one-state” recession and just got worse as the country eventually followed.

He says what was once an enhancement millage to improve programs has become funding to avoid cutting programs.

Campbell says if approved, each district will get around $321 for each student they have enrolled.

Polls will remain open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

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