Riverview says ‘no’ to school millage

Sunday Times Newspapers

RIVERVIEW – Voters struck down a $43.3 million bond proposal for improvements throughout the school district in Tuesday’s Presidential Primary Election.

The proposal failed 2,177 votes to 1,027 votes in Riverview and 47 votes to 17 votes in Trenton, where some students attend the district’s schools.

About 38 percent of registered Riverview voters turned out for the election and about 19 percent of Trenton voters filled out ballots.

It would have increased the tax rate by 7.32 mils for 30 years to pay for safety and technology upgrades to all district buildings as well as new wings for the high school and expansions to Seitz Middle School.

The improvements, scaled down from a 2007 facilities assessment recommendation that called for $93 million in repairs, were the first planned for the district in nearly 20 years.