Okemos Voters Approve School Bond Issue; It's a No-Go in Charlotte

May 8, 2019

Voters in Okemos approved a nearly $25 million school bond issue on Tuesday, but a similar attempt failed in Charlotte. 


The bond issue in Okemos will fund several re-modeling projects, including a sizeable addition to Bennett Woods Elementary. It would also pay for security and technology upgrades, expanding its bus fleet and improving athletic facilities. 

Economists say despite long-term liabilities totaling around $100 million, Okemos enjoys a strong tax base and growing enrollment.

The Charlotte Public Schools lost its bid for a nearly $28 million bond issue for similar expenses.  The district has seen declining enrollment in recent years.

Lansing voters approved a 10-year sinking fund proposal that will raise more than $7 million for  security upgrades and building construction.  Voters in Mason approved an operating millage renewal…but a 10-year millage increase was defeated in Dansville.