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Voters Decide 36 Local School Districts Will Receive More Revenue

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - Local voters who took the time to go the polls and vote made decisions that will impact your taxes. There were 42 school funding proposals on the ballot statewide Tuesday and in 36 cases they all passed.

In light of that, 6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick found out if the tax revolt is still alive in Michigan.

Voters in 42 local school districts were asked to vote on whether to raise more revenue for the schools.  In 36 of those, including Lansing, Williamston, Gratiot County, and Alma the voters said yes. 
In four communities, Stockbridge, Leslie, Pinckney and Grand Ledge, they said no

“I believe Grand Ledge asked for too big of millage, if they come back with something much lower, it probably would pass,” said Senator Rick Jones, (r), Grand Ledge.

With so many voters saying yes, the question is, is the perceived anti-tax movement dead?

This democrat contends no, since state government is not adequately funding local schools and cities, voters are desperate to do the job themselves.

“Our funding of municipalities and services is crumbling. Citizens feel like they don’t have a choice. We need public safety. We need schools. We need infrastructure re-built, and as a state we really haven’t put forward an adequate plan to take care of those things,” said Representative Tom Stallworth, (d), Detroit.

This republican lawmaker is not ready to say the tax revolt is dead; rather he thinks citizens will support more revenue if they know where it is going.

“If they know where the money is going to go, they’re happy to support it, if it’s something they support personally,” said Senator Jones.

This conservative thinks what happened this week is a reflection of good marketing to sell a yes vote. He contends that often times in the past voters did not know what they were voting on and they were duped.

“There are deliberate attempts to go off and dupe people and when you actually put those ballot proposals on the ballot, all you got was a marketing summary. The actual bill language, the detail on it, most people never read that,” said Senator Patrick Colbeck, (r), Canton.

Reporter: “This number, 36 out of 42 doesn’t say to you there is no tax revolt?”

Senator Colbeck: “No, not at all. It tells me that we’ve got people pretty good at marketing tax increases, that’s what it tells me.
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