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Tue August 27, 2013
Ann Arbor School Board Revises November Ballot Proposal
The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education has revised language in the ballot proposal that will appear before voters in November. The school board met briefly on Monday to address concerns about the original language for renewal of the districts voter-approved sinking fund millage.
As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the question voters will decide is no longer a matter of renewal, but instead, one of continuation.
The tax measure voters in the Ann Arbor Public School District will decide in November has been revised. Instead of a five year renewal of the district's Sinking Fund Millage, voters will consider a five year continuation of the one mill tax. The school board met briefly Monday to revise the ballot question language. The original proposal, approved last week, included language increasing the school boards ability to more flexibly spend the tax dollars, should current state millage law change. Because of the language change, the district may no longer consider it a renewal request, but must describe i as a continuation.
School Board President Deb Mexicotte doesn't believe the minor difference in language will impact the success of the measure. In fact, Mexicotte says voters will appreciate the board's ongoing efforts to find new way to fund important programs. Today is the deadline for ballot language to be submitted to the county to appear on the November ballot.