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School millage increase approved

The Antrim Review of Bellaire, Michigan

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ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth Public Schools will see $3 million in improvements after voters on Tuesday approved a 2.0 mill increase in property taxes.

The proposal for improvements and renovations to infrastructure needs in the school district's buildings — including heating, electrical and septic systems, passed by a margin of 37 votes with 164 voters approving the measure and 127 voting against it.

The recommendations for the improvements came after an analysis completed by a Facilities Improvement Team consisting of community members, parents, staff and students, led by an architectural team from Kingscott Associates, determined the school district's needs.

Those needs included increased security for both the elementary and middle/high school buildings, and additional classroom space — including new early childhood learning opportunities.

Facilities will also be renovated to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.

The millage will equate to 27 cents per day or $100 a year for properties with an SEV of $50,000.

Ellsworth Schools Superintendent Aaron Gaffney was out of the office and unavailable for comment Wednesday morning when The Review went to press.



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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015



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