FLINT TWP. — Voters in the Carman- Ainsworth school district said yes to two tenyear millage renewals but no to a new school tax in Tuesday’s election.
Voters were asked to renew 18 mills tax on Non-Homestead Property and a half-mill levy for the district’s Building & Site Sinking Fund which is used for maintenance and improvement.
They also were asked to approve an additional half-mill sinking fund tax that would have raised the sinking fund total to one-mill.
By nearly two to one — 1,574 yes (66.67 per- cent) yes and 787 (33.33 percent) not – voters approved renewal of the 18 mill operating tax.
Renewal of the 0.5 sinking fund millage passed with 1,453 voting yes (61.02 percent) and 928 (38.98 percent) voting no.
The request for an additional halfmill levy was narrowly defeated by only 331 votes. The final tally was 1,015 (42.99 percent) yes votes and 1,346 (57.01 percent). no votes.
In pre-election voter information, the district outlined in detail what was done with previous sinking fund millage money and also plans for future sinking fund projects.
Proposed projects included installing intercoms in education buildings next year at an estimated cost of $12,600; installing Wi-Fi connectivity in elementary schools next year at a cost of $100,000; building Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) classroom labs at the middle school in 2015 and at the high school in 2016 at a cost of $1 million each; security upgrades at various buildings in 2015 for $100,000; replacing roofs at the high school and at Dye elementary in 2015 and at the middle school n 2017 for $300,000, $150,000 and $150,000 respectively; and carpet replacement in various buildings in 2017 an an cost of about $50,000.
It is not known which, if any, of those projects may not go forward as a result of voters rejecting the half-mill sinking fund increase.
In a pre-election sign of at least some voter anti-millage sentiment, yard signs urging a no vote began appearing around the township about a week ago. They were unsigned, giving no indication to township or school officials or residents what group was behind them.