WCS renewal passes, Center Line bond fails

By: Maria Allard | C&G Newspapers | Published May 2, 2017

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CENTER LINE/WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS/TROY— Center Line Public Schools Superintendent Eve Kaltz was on pins and needles May 2.

After months of speaking to residents about the district’s $58.7 million bond proposal, it was time for them to vote at the polls Tuesday.

“I can’t wait until we start getting the results,” Kaltz said.

When the voting precincts closed and the votes were counted, the outcome wasn’t what Kaltz wanted to hear. The bond issue failed to get enough votes to pass.

According to the unofficial results from the Macomb County Clerk’s Office on the CLPS bond proposal, there were 1,103 (51.9 percent) “no” votes and 1,021 voters who voted “yes” on initiative, at 48.9 percent. The bond issue failed by 82 votes.

The bond, if it had passed, would have provided funding for the construction of a new elementary school and athletic complex, and significant renovations to Crothers Elementary, the Early Childhood Center, Peck Elementary, Wolfe Middle School and Center Line High School.

Since January, district officials, staff and parents walked the neighborhoods and met with residents to discuss the bond initiative with them. Kaltz remained “cautiously optimistic” the bond issue would pass.

Over in Warren Consolidated Schools, the news was better as the district’s operating millage renewal proposal passed May 2. According to the unofficial results from the clerk’s office, there were 7,344 (70.6 percent) “yes” votes over 3,057 (29.4 percent) “no” votes.

The millage renewal will continue to levy the number of operating mills required for the school district to receive revenue at the full per-pupil foundation allowance permitted by the state of Michigan.

According to the Macomb County Clerk’s Office ballot language, both millages are for a period of 10 years, from 2018 to 2027. Now that both operating millages have passed, they will provide approximately $37 million in revenue every year for 10 years to be used for general operating purposes.

The operating millage renewal directly contributes to the district’s operating budget and assists in maintaining programs for students. According to school officials, without the millage renewal the district would receive 23 percent less funding for the next 10 years, impacting programs, class sizes, learning materials, staffing and extracurricular activities. 

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