Voters approve Lincoln Consolidated Schools operations, recreation millages
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.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.
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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 AnnArbor.com.