KALAMAZOO COUNTY (WKZO) -- It was a mixed bag for bond issues and school funding requests in Michigan. Most of the routine 18-mill non-homestead votes, including the one in Kalamazoo, were approved easily. For bond issues involving school improvements, some passed and some didn’t.
Voters in the Galesburg Augusta district defeated two requests, one for additional classrooms and one to upgrade the running track by two to one. Just a few miles down the road, voters in the Gull Lake School district approved a 7-million dollar request to upgrade technology and make building repairs, and it won by a respectable 314 vote margin. (1,256 to 915)
Kalamazoo County Clerk Tim Snow says voter turnout was extremely low in Kalamazoo, where in some precincts less than 1% of the registered voters remembered to cast a ballot. It averaged out to about 4.9% district wide where there was only a routine operational millage on the ballot. It was approved by about 3 to 1. (3,464 TO 1,220)
The turnout was considerably higher in Galesburg-Augusta and Gull Lake school districts where there were bonding issues on the ballot.