Lansing School District asking for new millage money

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Mid-Michigan’s largest school district is asking people for more money and some people aren’t happy about the idea.

Just three years after Lansing voters approved a millage to improve local schools, the district is now asking for another one.

Some people say it’s always a good idea to invest in Lansing schools, while others say they’re tired of giving away their money.

“If it’s going for the schools, then I’m all for it,” said Angie Harcus, a Lansing School District parent.

Harcus’s son is a kindergartener at Lansing’s Pattengill Biotechnical Magnet School.

She says having an upgraded classroom makes all the difference in his learning.

“It’s bright, it’s new, what we love is that it’s safe, the security is strong. That’s priceless as a parent,” said Harcus.

Three years ago, Lansing voters approved a $120 million dollar millage to pay for things such as building improvements and renovations.

The district says this additional $70 million dollars in funding would amp up school security.

Jeff Scheibel, the district’s sinking funds co-chair, says this millage would cost the average household about $10 a month.

“The millage is a continuation of building improvements for the district, all in the spirit of the educational development with the pathway promise,” said Scheibel.
 
6 News took this issue to Facebook. Those who plan on voting “no” say they are fed up and they’re wondering why the last millage wasn’t enough.

But Harcus wants to remind others it’s important to put the children first.

“Our kids need to be safe, and if you don’t have kids in the district, think about the people that do,” said Harcus. “Those kids need to be safe, they need to have education, they need to have an environment that is good for them to learn in and if we’re not going to invest in our kids, who should we invest in?”

People will get to vote on this new millage proposal May 7th.

If approved, the district plans to collect $7 million  in the first year and between $70 and $75 million over the next ten.

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