Voters approve GH schools operating millage

Krystle Wagner • May 8, 2018 at 9:30 PM

Grand Haven Area Public Schools will continue receiving its operating millage.

On Tuesday, Grand Haven school district voters approved the one-year, 18-mill operating millage renewal, which is levied against non-principal residences and non-exempt properties, with nearly 79 percent in support. There were 2,780 yes votes cast to 748 no votes, according to unofficial results from the Ottawa County elections office.

Superintendent Andy Ingall said they’re grateful for the community’s continued support.

“This funding is critical and essential to our daily operations,” he said. “We simply could not function without it. We deeply appreciate the value our community places on public education.”

The millage will generate more than $17 million, which will be used for the district’s day-to-day operations.

Grand Haven school board President John Siemion thanked voters for believing in the district and approving the millage.

“Without the passing of this millage, it would have been difficult to open the doors to our buildings in the fall,” he said.

Similar operating millage renewals were approved by voters in the Hudsonville, West Ottawa and Zeeland school districts on Tuesday. Hudsonville voters also approved a sinking fund millage, 54-46 percent.

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