Dowagiac ballot spells out candidates, proposalsPublished 6:04pm Sunday, August 5, 2012
Editor’s note: The following ballot proposal was inadvertently removed from the ballot measure story printed in Thursday’s Daily News. We regret the error.
Among the 12 proposals on the primary election ballot Tuesday is the school bond proposal in Dowagiac.
Dowagiac Union School District’s $19.9 million bond proposal would construct a new high school adjacent to the middle school, which would be partially remodeled.
The bond would install technology improvements in district buildings and improve athletic fields and facilities, play fields and the DMS/high school site.
In a July 26 front page story in the Daily News about the bond proposal, Supt. Mark Daniel and Dowagiac Board of Education President Michelle Helmuth said the proposal would help prepare students for “global learning.”
Daniel said the possibility of having students in sixth through 12th grades in the same vicinity allows for easier transitions and a higher utilization rate of the middle school’s property.
“Sixth through 12th-graders is half of our student population,” Daniel said. “Having them all here would move the utilization rate to 91 percent.”
Depending on an individual’s home value, the amount homeowners will be taxed could vary.
“I’ve drawn up numbers for presentations I’m doing that give estimates for low, medium and high,” Daniel said. “Some I’ve seen can be $38 in taxes for the year. It comes down to the question of do we want to put money into our current structure or have the opportunity to build a new facility with better technology?”
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Calvin Township Precinct 1
Calvin Township Hall
18727 Mt. Zion St.
Jefferson Township Precinct 1
Jefferson Township Hall
24725 Jefferson Center St.
LaGrange Township Precinct 1
Cass District Library
Marcellus Township Precinct 1
Marcellus Township Hall
13163 Marcellus Highway
Penn Township Precinct 1
Penn Township Hall
60717 S. Main St.
Pokagon Township Precinct 1
Pokagon Township Hall
30683 Peavine St.
Silver Creek Township Precinct 1
Silver Creek Township Hall
32764 Dixon St.
Volinia Township Precinct 1
Volinia Township Hall
Wayne Township Precinct 1
Wayne Township Hall
53950 Glenwood Rd.
City of Dowagiac Wards 1, 2 and 3
241 S. Front St.
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