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Posted on Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 11:43 a.m.

Voters approve Lincoln Consolidated Schools operations, recreation millages

By Tom Perkins

By a three to two margin, voters in the Lincoln Consolidated School District approved an 18.2105 millage to keep the district operating. By a similar margin, voters also approved a .1 mill tax that provides operational funding for its senior program, community education program and youth recreation program.

"I am truly pleased that the community has chosen to support the school district, our senior citizens, and our Community Recreation program by providing the necessary funding," said Lincoln Superintendent Ellen Bonter.

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The district relies heavily on an 18.2105 non-homestead tax to operate its schools, and will provide stable funding from fiscal year 2014 to fiscal year 2018. It passed 7,076 to 4,835.

Botner said voters were asked to approve the millage this year so the district doesn’t have the extra expense of putting on an election for it next year.

The 18-mill operational tax is levied on commercial and non-exempt agricultural properties and generated $3.9 million this year. It’s projected to generate $2.7 million next year.


The Lincoln Consolidated Schools' Senior Center at Brick Elementary School.

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Homeowners pay a 6-mill tax that is redistributed to school districts by the state through its public school foundation allowance, which is just more than $6,200 per student. But the state assumes the district is receiving its 18-mill non-homestead tax and would not reimburse it if it failed to pass.

Loss of the 18-mill tax would have been devastating to the district, Bonter said.

Voters also renewed the Lincoln Schools recreation proposal 7,965 to 4,009, or 66.5 to 33.4 percent.

The tax generated $211,700 for the three programs last year. A house with a taxable value of $100,000 will pay $10 annually through fiscal year 2018. The senior center provides social activities for seniors and a strong mentor program with Brick Elementary School.

The youth recreation program includes little league, youth football, youth cheer and a wrestling club. Nearly 600 kids from 4 to 14 years old take part in the programs.

The community education program provides a variety of recreation activities for youths, adults and families.

Bonter credited the recreation millage committee and Lincoln community for working to underscore the value of the millages to the larger community.

"A lot of people came together to make sure that everyone understood the value of what the recreation millage renewal would mean to our community," she said.

Tom Perkins is a freelance reporter for



Fri, Nov 9, 2012 : 4:15 p.m.

I truly can not believe that someone would so cruelly bash an entire school district of children by calling the district and community "cornfed hillbillies"! The ability for someone to be so cruel and heartless by posting such ludicrous comments is heart wrenching! Let me enlighten you the meaning of the word TRUTH. Truth 1. a fact that has been verified 2. conformity to reality or actuality 3. a true statement 4. the quality of being near to the true value

the true one

Fri, Nov 9, 2012 : 7:53 p.m.

I know the truth but if you want to know what the truth really is look at the books regarding were the funds from the technology bond were spent. If you are such a die hard splitter ask your teachers their schools received the items that your beloved community voted for. The truth is that they library has been closed to your staff, and most importantly your students since school let out last year.

the true one

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 7:22 p.m.

Great the locals approved another plea from this ill run school district. They passed the technology bond and most if it went for their new auditorium. The school board needs to be fired for even proposing this stuff to these corn fed hillbillies. Heck even the school board president is a hair dresser with no college experience. There are teachers and staff that do not have the technology that the community approved. Heck even their high school library has yet to be open. Imagine that a school that does not have a library!!! This place is hopeless!!!! Glad that I live in ann arbor


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 1:11 a.m.

I voted no to both.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 12:56 p.m.

Does that make you a loser?


Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 5:29 p.m.

Do you have the total results for Lincoln School Board? The results I've seen are for Washtenaw County voters only. A small portion of the district is in Wayne County and a grand total for both counties is hard to find.


Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 5:44 p.m.

School board and the police millage please.


Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 5:38 p.m.

I just found the Wayne County total. Add the 2 counties together and Newlon and Williams win. Williams has 16 more total votes than Rollins. Wow!

Cole Bertsos

Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 5:32 p.m.

Hi Lefty66, The totals for that race are still pending result from Wayne County precincts according to Right now, it does show Connie Marie Newlon and Thomas Rollins leading. Hope that helps! Thanks for reading. Cole