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Sinking fund renewed, funds facility improvement

Voters approved the renewal of a building and site sinking fund Tuesday, with unofficial results tallying 3,264 yes and 2,065 no votes. 

The fund will generate a little over $900,000 yearly for the next six years, to be used for upgrades of aging buildings, safety and security improvements, asphalt replacement and new technology for students.

The 1-mill tax, levied through 2026, costs the owner of a $200,000 home $100 per year.

The fund will go toward $1.8 million in facility improvements at all buildings, including security vestibules, less congested bus and car drop-off/pick up areas, and security system upgrades. It will expend $1.5 million for better technology including devices to ensure every student has access. It would replace part or all of the roofs at Alto and Murray Lake elementary schools and at the Wittenbach/Wege Center, and asphalt replacement at Bushnell and Cherry Creek schools. 

Sinking funds cannot be used for salaries, buses or furnishings.

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio or email Erin.

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