OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.— A highly contested bond proposal for Spring Lake Public Schools is dead.
The measure failed during Tuesday night’s election, by a vote of 1,895 to 1,806. Under the proposal, the district would have borrowed $59.8 million from taxpayers to renovate school facilities, build a new elementary school and transportation building, expand the middle school, improve athletic facilities, fields and playgrounds and buy school buses.
Meanwhile, Grand Haven voters are giving the city the green light for a $7.1 million plan to fund infrastructure improvements. Tuesday night, city voters overwhelmingly approved the bond proposal, 986 votes to 491 votes. The millage will be for .99 mills for no longer than 20 years.
Voters also approved a ten-year tax hike to expand and maintain bike paths in Ferrysburg. The new paths would be located along North Shore Drive and 168th Avenue.