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Dowagiac ballot spells out candidates, proposals

Published 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.


Polling locations


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

319 M-62



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

Goodenough Road



Wayne Township Precinct 1

Wayne Township Hall

53950 Glenwood Rd.



City of Dowagiac Wards 1, 2 and 3

City Hall

241 S. Front St.


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