Public votes ‘no’ on bond proposition for Flushing Community Schools

FLUSHING — Flushing Community Schools’ Improvement Bond Proposition, which planned for several upgrades and new additions to school facilities, was voted down during Tuesday’s election.

1,404 ‘yes’ votes were counted and 1,741 ‘no,’ finalizing the percentages at 44.64 percent voting for the proposition and 55.36 percent voting against it. Flint Township residents who live in the Flushing School District are included in the vote outcome.

A few of the enhancements listed on the ballot included “erecting, equipping and furnishing additions to the High School facility, which will include a community education center, athletic fieldhouse and art room; Remodeling, equipping, re-equipping, furnishing, re-furnishing school buildings, athletic fields and other facilities to enhance safety and security and for other purposes; and erecting a team room, restrooms, concessions, lighting and sound facilities at the athletic fields.”

Had the proposal passed, the bonds would have been guaranteed under the School Bond Qualification and Loan Program. The estimated annual millage to pay back the bonds over a 20-year period was calculated as 2.27 mills ($2.27 per $1,000 of taxable value).

“Thank you to all the voters who showed their support yesterday in the Flushing Bond Proposal election. We appreciate your vote of confidence in our school district,” said a statement on the district’s website.

“Even though the bond did not pass, please know that we will continue to evaluate the identified needs addressed by the bond, and will work hard to continue in our mission of “Preparing Learners Today for Opportunities Tomorrow.”

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