These school tax proposals are on Genesee County’s November ballot

GENESEE COUNTY, MI — Some Genesee County voters will decide the fate of local school tax proposals in the November general election.

Proposals include a $55-million bond for Linden Community Schools and an operating millage renewal and sinking fund millage extension for Flushing Community Schools.

Linden Community Schools’ $55 million bond proposal

The Linden School Board originally voted to place the 25-year, $55-million bond on the May ballot, but the novel coronavirus pandemic prompted it to reschedule for the Tuesday, Nov. 3 ballot.

No changes have been made to the original proposal, and the net tax rate increase for residents remains at 1 mill. To reduce overall bond interest costs, the bonds will be sold in three series, district officials said.

If passed, the funds would go toward student safety and security, expanding and enhancing instructional spaces, remodeling, upgrading and constructing school facilities and upgrading technology, according to the district.

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Battle Over Arizona Education Funding Ballot Measure Heats Up

With election day quickly approaching, the fight over votes for Invest in Ed, the ballot initiative that would tax wealthy residents in Arizona to pay for public education, is turning into a bare-knuckle brawl.

The initiative, which is technically called Proposition 208,  would levy a 3.5 percent tax on people earning above $250,000 and married couples with incomes over $500,000. The revenues would be spent on various aspects of Arizona’s K-12 public education system, like teacher salaries, technical education programs, and boosting pay for school support staff. Proponents of the measure estimate that it will raise hundreds of millions annually.

Opponents of the measure, primarily the Arizona Chamber of Commerce-backed group Arizonans for Great Schools and a Strong Economy, had attempted to keep it off the November ballot by filing a lawsuit alleging that the 100-word summary of the initiative used by petitioners to get signatures was misleading. A lower

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Education tax back on November ballot

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A proposal to raise taxes on the state’s wealthiest earners and boost spending on Arizona’s public schools is back on the November ballot, the Arizona Supreme Court has ruled. 

The court wrote in its unanimous order that Invest in Education’s 100-word description “did not create a significant danger of confusion or unfairness,” reversing a Maricopa County Superior Court judge’s ruling that would have kicked the measure off the ballot.

Advocates who have long championed #InvestInEd celebrated on Wednesday. Rebecca Gau, executive director of Stand for Children, said the decision was “great news” for Arizona. 

“We need to inject funding into education,” she said. “Both now and when the pandemic is over.” 

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce-backed committee challenging #InvestInEd’s spot on the ballot, which had argued the measure’s synopsis was misleading to voters, rebuked the state high court’s decision. 

“Arizona deserves

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Tax referendum for Meridian School District to appear on November ballot

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Come November, Stillman Valley voters won’t just be seeing the presidential vote on the ballot. Voters will also have to make a decision on permanently increasing taxes paid to the Meridian School District, as well.

District officials explained the bill actually won’t translate to more money paid, but that he tax increase has been in effect for the last six years. Essentially, a vote yes would continue the status quo, according to district officials. They said the tax is based on property value and as long as a home’s value doesn’t change, neither will taxes. Officials also pointed to the data showing a need for increased funding during a time of social distancing.

“So at the time the referendum was passed we had over an a million dollar deficit so the influx of money first allowed us to stabilize,” said Meridian School District Superintendent PJ Caposey.

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