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November 5, 2013

Voters deny Farmington school bond proposal

By Sherri Kolade
C & G Staff Writer

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Farmington Schools Superintendent Sue Zurvalec talks to bond proposal supporters at the Farmington Public Schools offices.

A $186.2 million Farmington Public Schools two-part redesigned bond proposal failed at the polls Nov. 5.

The two-part proposal was broken up into Proposal 1: safety, infrastructure and technology at $154.6 million; and Proposal 2: arts, athletics and technology replacements at $31.6 million.

Proposal 1 failed with 9,182 no votes, 50.68 percent, while 8,934 voters, or 49.32 percent, voted yes.

Proposal 2 failed with 53.7 percent, or 9,706, no votes, while 46.3 percent of voters said yes.

Voters denied the district’s original $222 million proposal in August by nearly 1,000 votes; the two-part bond proposal was 16 percent less than the original proposal. If the two-part proposal had passed, the millages would have been levied in 2014.

According to the district’s website, Proposal 1 would have cost the owner of a $200,000 home with a $100,000 taxable value $132 per year, or $11 per month; Proposal 2 would have cost the same homeowner $45 annually — for a combined $177 per year for 25 years.

"We believed is was an absolutely critical need for our schools, our students, our staff, and those needs have not gone away," said Farmington Schools Superintendent Sue Zurvalec.

For more information go to http://www.oakgov.com/clerkrod/elections.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Sherri Kolade at skolade@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1046.