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School improvement millage fails to make ballot

12:49 PM, Jul 9, 2013   |    comments
The group "Technology4Students" led petition efforts for the MAISD millage proposal.
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MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Supporters of a proposed millage to improve technology and security in Muskegon County schools have failed to get enough valid signatures to get on the ballot.

Students, staff, parents and supporters of the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District collected 3,193 signatures in Muskegon County by the July 2 deadline. However, County Clerk Nancy Waters says at least 248 signatures were invalid, with many people signing the wrong page or not being registered to vote. Supporters needed 3,000 valid signatures to get the millage on a special election ballot for September 24.

The proposal would have raised property taxes by one-mill for ten years to generate $4.3 million annually for MAISD. MAISD Superintendent Dave Sipka says local district superintendents will meet in August to discuss future plans which could include pursuing the millage at a later date.

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