It was close, but voters in the Macomb school district rejected two bond issue propositions Tuesday totaling $1.87 million. Less than 200 voters cast ballots in the election.

It was close, but voters in the Macomb school district rejected two bond issue propositions Tuesday totaling $1.87 million. Less than 200 voters cast ballots in the election.

A 60 percent supermajority is required for passage of school bond issues and neither proposition made it following Tuesday's election.

The first proposition was to build a new cafeteria and tornado safe room and provide updates to the school’s security, with total cost of that proposition being $1,620,000.

In that matter, 95 voted yes, or 53.67 percent, while 82 voted no, or 46.33 percent, so the measure failed to reached the 60 percent required for passage.

Proposition two was for three new buses. Total cost of that proposition was $250,000.

For the buses, 99 voted yes, or 55.31 percent, while 80 voted no, or 44.69 percent, so that measure also failed to reached the 60 percent required for passage.

Before the election, Superintendent Matt Riggs outlined the reasons for these bond proposals.

“The current shelter is inadequate and is not big enough for all our students and faculty,” he said. “The transportation bond is important because we have buses unable to pass inspection and currently have to lease two buses for $20,000 per year.

Passage of the bond would have put new buses on the routes and saved money on lease payments.

If both of these propositions had passed, there would have been a 23.8 percent increase in property taxes.