Voters approve school millage

READY TO VOTE: Betty Goldammer (left) gets ready to fill out a ballot, while Donna Schmidt (right), an election inspector for the City of Big Rapids, looks over Goldammer's ID. (Pioneer photos/Meghan Haas)

READY TO VOTE: Betty Goldammer (left) gets ready to fill out a ballot, while Donna Schmidt (right), an election inspector for the City of Big Rapids, looks over Goldammer’s ID. (Pioneer photos/Meghan Haas)

BIG RAPIDS — Mecosta County residents headed to the polls Tuesday to approve the annual Big Rapids Public Schools millage renewal.

The 18-mill renewal provides approximately $3.5 million in operational funds for the school district, which pays for teachers, staff, textbooks and classroom supplies, according to BRPS Superintendent Tim Haist.

“We are grateful for the continued support the community has shown for Big Rapids Public Schools,” Haist said. “With this we will be able to operate at our current level of funding.”

CASTING A BALLOT: City Commissioner Lynn Anderson votes in one of the booths set up at City Hall.

CASTING A BALLOT: City Commissioner Lynn Anderson votes in one of the booths set up at City Hall.

A total of 938 county residents voted in three precincts, with 693 in favor of the millage, 244 against and one blank ballot.

City of Big Rapids voters cast their ballots at City Hall. Throughout the day, 332 voters came to City Hall, said City Clerk Tammy Gillis. Of the votes cast, there were 266 “yes” and 65 “no” votes, and one ballot turned in with nothing written on it.

Big Rapids, Colfax and Martiny township residents voted at the Big Rapids Township Fire Hall. According to Big Rapids Township Deputy Clerk Sherri Gilbert, there were 415 total votes, with 292 approving the millage and 123 dissenting.

Green and Grant township voters went to the Green Township Hall to cast their ballots. After the polls closed, a total of 191 voters cast ballots, said Green Township Clerk Janet Clark. Of the total votes, 135 were “yes” and 56 were “no.”

Vote tallies are unofficial until certified by the Mecosta County Board of Canvassers.

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Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at mhaas@pioneergroup.com.

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