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Voters approve tax increase for Lowell Area Schools
Voters approve tax increase for Lowell Area Schools

LOWELL, Mich.—Lowell Area Schools will get funding to help build and repair its schools.

Tuesday night, voters approved a seven year millage increase to create a sinking fund for the district.  The property tax increase will not exceed 1 mill ($1 per $1,000 taxable value.)  The millage is expected to generate $740,920 in annual tax revenue for the district when it takes effect in 2014.

In the City of Lowell, it was a narrow vote for two proposals.  Proposal I passed by 25 votes, designating that elected city officials will remain in office until the first regular meeting of the city council in January.   Proposal II, which would set the same term rules for people appointed to fill an elected position, failed by just nine votes. 

Proposal III, which would allow the city to buy, sell or rent real estate with contracts over ten years without voter approval, failed overwhelmingly.  Tuesday night, 466 voters cast ballots against the measure; 205 voted for it.

Jim Hall and Jim Hodges will keep their city council seats.  The incumbents, who were running uncontested, earned 316 votes and 322 votes respectively.  Jeff Altoft, who took 476 votes, will take over the third open seat.  Christopher Schwab, who also ran uncontested, will serve out a 2-year partial term on the city council.

For a link to the complete election results, visit our WZZM 13 homepage here.