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Negaunee school sinking fund millage OK’d

August 8, 2012
By JOHANNA BOYLE - Journal Staff Writer ( , Journal Ishpeming Bureau

NEGAUNEE - Residents of the Negaunee Public Schools district have voted once again to renew the school district's sinking fund millage.

In a 835-427 vote, the millage was renewed for 2 mills for five years, expected to raise $427,564 in its first year. This is the second time the millage has been renewed by voters.

The millage provides money specifically for the district's sinking fund, which is used to carry out maintenance and construction projects at the district's buildings.

Use of the sinking fund allows the district to use those dedicated funds for specific projects instead of having to fund those projects out of the district's general fund budget.

Previously, the sinking fund has financed repairs to the roofs of school buildings, repairs to heating and ventilation systems, replacement of lockers, upgrades of bathroom fixtures, replacement of flooring and replacement of exterior doors, among other projects. Many of the building projects have also helped the district to lower utility costs, saving more money for the general fund.

With the renewal, the district said it hopes to adjust the traffic pattern around the Lakeview Elementary School, making it safer for students, as well as upgrade the heating plant at the Negaunee High School, the last of the district buildings to have its boiler system redone. Other potential sinking fund projects include upgrading the district's tennis court facilities, continuing with flooring replacements and replacement of sidewalks around school entrances.

Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401.



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