School District Spent $275,000 in Public Dollars on Tax Hike Vote [Michigan Capitol Confidential]
"The Kent Intermediate School District spent $275,206 on its May 2 enhancement millage victory, according to documents obtained in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
The May 2 ballot proposal increase was approved 54 to 46 percent, with 74,188 voting.
The property tax hike will give each Kent County school district an additional $211 per student and cost taxpayers about $20 million annually.
Kent ISD Superintendent Ron Caniff said $128,000 of the cost was for conducting the election, such as poll workers and absentee ballot mailings.
“Our school districts asked us to call the election for the May date because the vast majority of tax collections within Kent ISD are in the summer,” Caniff said in an email.
“The outcome of the May election allows our districts to receive the benefit of the millage beginning next school year, and local districts can properly plan and adopt their budgets accordingly.”
Caniff said the district also spent $150,000 on election communications, mailings and social media.
...By comparison, Ann Arbor Public Schools spent $7,478 on its May 2 election, according to a Freedom of Information Act response. There were 179,550 registered voters eligible to vote on the Ann Arbor Public Schools sinking fund..."