Gwinn schools' sinking fund proposal won't be on November ballot

The exterior of Gwinn High School. (WLUC file photo)

GWINN, Mich. (WLUC) - The twice-rejected sinking fund proposal for Gwinn schools won't be on the ballot this November, but it could appear again in March.

According to Gwinn Area Community Schools Superintendent Sandy Petrovich, the school board decided at a special meeting Monday night to reject the language for a sinking fund proposal on the November ballot.

The board unanimously rejected the resolution that was drafted after its meeting last Thursday, which would have asked November voters to approve a building and site sinking fund at 1.75 mills for 10 years. The 1.75 mills would provide an estimated revenue of $509,673 per year.

Gwinn school district voters rejected the proposal for a second time last Tuesday, with 56 percent of voters saying no.

Petrovich says the board will consider putting a sinking fund proposal on the ballot in March 2020, during the Michigan presidential primary. She says citizens have already stepped forward who are willing to form a grassroots committee to promote a "yes" vote in March 2020.

Petrovich says the sinking fund provides a future for the facilities of the Gwinn Area Community Schools through yearly funding to make repairs, upgrades and replacements. Without the sinking fund, the general fund would have to support facility costs leaving less money to support teachers, programs, textbooks, buses, and other instructional needs.

"The needs are still very evident," said Petrovich.

She says there will be future discussions about the sinking fund's amount and the length of its term.

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