MI school bond results: Ann Arbor Approves $1B bond

Jeremy Block's picture

Ann Arbor schools were the  most amibitious in terms of investing in education, as 53% of votes approved of a $1-billion bond for building improvements in their education system. Ann Arbor residents were tired of paying frequently for short bonds, and wanted to finally invest in a long term plan to fix the infrastructure of their school system, including updating buildings and even constructing new ones. However, voters in Dearborn voted against the bill, mainly due to the large income tax increase it would create. Michigan's education, according to US News, is ranked 37th across all states (https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/michigan). However, do you think this is where taxpayer money should be spent? If their education system is so poor, should money be spent on funding more teachers and various after school programs, rather than worring about the physical infrastructure? At the end of the day, it is taxpayer money, so they should have a large say.

Link: https://www.michiganradio.org/post/mi-school-bond-results-ann-arbor-approves-1b-bond-dearborn-votes-down-240m-plan