Muskegon County (Mich.) petitions seek tax millage for school technology

Friday, May 31, 2013

Petitions are being circulated to get a Muskegon County-wide school technology millage proposal on the September ballot.

A group calling itself Technology 4 Students is spearheading the effort to collect 3,000 signatures needed to call the special election on Sept. 24. If enough signatures of registered voters are collected by the July 2 deadline, the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District would be obligated to ask voters to consider a 1-mill, 10-year property tax increase.

Administrators of the 11 traditional public school districts operating in the MAISD originally considered holding the election on Aug. 6. However, they decided it would be better to hold the election when families are back from summer vacations and students are back in school, said MAISD Superintendent David Sipka. It will be easier for schools to communicate to school families information about the election when school is in session, he said.

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