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Buchanan tax levy renewal passes by large margin

Published 9:08am Thursday, May 8, 2014

Voters left little doubt that they were in support of renewing a tax levy that will pay for building and repair costs at Buchanan Community Schools for many years to come.

A majority of citizens casting ballots in each of the district’s six precincts were in favor of the proposal, resulting in a landslide vote of 445 “yes” votes to 174 “no” votes in Tuesday’s special election.

“Until it actually happens there is always a little bit of angst, so I was thrilled to see the results,” said Buchanan Supt. Andrea van der Laan.

The current millage rate of eight-tenths of a mill levied on all property within the district was renewed for the next 10 years. It was set to expire this year.

Van der Laan said the renewal will allow the district to take out a low-interest government loan to fund large projects over the next several years.

Projects on the district’s wish list include repairing the roof of the high school, fixing roof seams on Moccasin Elementary and repairing the crumbling steps at the football stadium.

“These are some of the bigger projects that we can’t touch with money from the bond we passed,” she said. “This will give us the ability to repair some other things around the district.”

In the coming weeks, the district’s capital committee will begin assessing and prioritizing what work needs to be done in the school system.

Van der Laan said projects on tap for this summer include replacing the fire alarm and public announcement systems at Ottawa Elementary.

“I want to thank the community for supporting our efforts here,” she said. “The school district is moving forward and with their support we can continue to do so.”

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