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Election wrap-up: November 8th local ballot measure results

By Johanna Herman

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The election held on November 8 hosted a fair number of measures on local ballots.

In Arizona, nine counties had information posted on their election sites about measures on their ballots. There was a total of 59 measures reported, and of those, only 25 were approved - an approval rating of just 42.3% overall. There were 47 total measures that were about school issues. 29 of those measures were defeated for an approval rating of 38.3%.

In California, a total of twenty-four counties posted election information and listed 90 measures voted on by residents. Of those 90 measures, 62 were approved by voters; leading to an approval rating of 68.9% overall. Of those, 15 dealt with school parcel taxes and bonds, 11 of the school measures were approved leading to an approval rating of 73.3%.

In Florida, five counties posted election information on their websites with a total of 21 measures being voted on. Of those 21 measures, 14 were approved for a 66.7% overall approval rating.

In Michigan, forty-one counties had election information posted, 172 measures were decided and of those 120 were approved; an approval rating of 69.8%. Of those, 50 measures dealt with school bond and tax issues, 33 were approved with an approval rating of 66%.

In Missouri, just nine counties posted information about the election, a total of 14 measures were voted on and 9 of those were approved for a 64.3% approval rating. Only 1 measure dealt with a school tax. It was defeated.

In Oregon there were thirteen counties which posted election information resulting in a total of 43 measures voted on by residents. Of those 43 measures, 31 were approved, an approval rating of 72.1%. There were just 3 measures that dealt with school issues, all three of them were defeated.

In Washington, there were thirty counties which posted information on their websites about the November election, 122 measures in total were voted on. Of those 122 measures, 83 were approved, an approval rating of 68%. There were just 6 school measures on the ballots, of those 4 were approved, an approval rating of 66.7%.

In Wisconsin, there were just elev counties with 16 measures posted, all 16 measures were school issues. Of those 16, 8 were approved, 50% approval rating.

The election results for Ohio will be posted in the next week.

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School bond and tax votes

See also: School bond and tax elections in Michigan

Michigan requires ballot question elections if a school district wants to issue new bonding or exceed the sinking fund levy limit or property tax cap set by law. Michigan law restricts how school districts can use excess levy limit election proceeds if approved. Also, Michigan has some of the toughest school bond laws in the nation requiring approval by the Michigan School Bond Qualification and Loan Program which is guaranteed by the Michigan Constitution. Michigan is one of a handful of states that uses the mill rate formula over a lengthy mathematical formula in expressing the property tax cap. The cap protected by the Michigan Property Tax Limitation Act of 1933.

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