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September 1, 2013

Kalkaska Public Schools seeks tax increase for tech replacements

TRAVERSE CITY — Voters in the Kalkaska Public Schools district will weigh in on a $300,000 technology replacement millage this fall.

Funding from the millage, if approved, primarily will be spent on replacing outdated computers at the 1,500-student district, Superintendent Lee Sandy said.

Sandy said the proposal is a renewal of a technology millage approved by voters roughly five years ago.

“This renewal won’t cost anybody any more money than they are already paying now,” Sandy said.

District officials hope to sell $300,000 worth of five-year bonds and to pay down the bond sales with an estimated annual average millage rate of .14 mills. That annual rate would cost the owner of a home with $100,000 in taxable value an additional $14 each year.

The estimated millage rate for 2014 is .08 mills, according to proposed ballot language.

Lawrence Barber, treasurer of the Kalkaska Public Schools Board of Education, said an approved millage will allow the district to maintain the best possible technology for its students. Barber added he hopes the measure passes.

“But it all depends on the economy,” he said. “In this area a lot of people are hurting.”

This fall’s election is scheduled for Nov. 5.

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