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Grand Rapids School District Sinking Fund Levy Increase (November 2011)

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A Grand Rapids School District Sinking Fund Levy Increase measure was on the November 8, 2011 ballot in the Grand Rapids school district area which is in Kent County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 8,987 (52.9%)Approveda
  • NO 7,993 (47.1%)[1]

This measure sought to increase the current school levy by a rate of 1 mill for a period of five years. The money will go towards the district's sinking fund which helps pay for repairs to school facilities and buildings. The tax addition will bring in near $4 million a year, if this had not been approved the school superintendent noted that repairs would still have to be done but the money would have been taken out of the general fund instead. The district also noted that the repairs to the buildings were just general improvements, to keep children safe, and are needed on a regular basis otherwise the facilities would degrade.[2]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property within the school district of Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kent County, Michigan, be increased by and the board of education be authorized to levy a new additional millage of not to exceed 1.0 mills ($1.00 per $1,000 of taxable valuation) to create a sinking fund to be used for the construction or repair of school buildings and other purposes authorized by law, for a period of five (5) years, 2012 through 2016, inclusive (estimated to provide revenues of approximately $4,305,000 in 2012)?[3][4]