For the second time in the past year, voters in the Macomb School District have rejected a school bond issue for the district to purchase four buses.
Tuesday, voters were asked to approve a $400,000 bond issue. A 60 percent supermajority is required for passage and only 52.94 percent approved of the bond.
Results show that 144 people voted yes, while 128, or 47.06 percent, voted no.
Superintendent Matt Riggs said the results are disappointing.
“Our needs don't change — we still need buses,” he said shortly after election results were tallied.
The transportation bond issue would have funded the purchase of four new school buses — three for daily bus routes and a fourth to be used as an activity bus, he said.
A similar bond issued failed last fall as well.
Riggs, who is tasked with ensuring students have safe and comfortable transportation to school and other activities, said they'll have to look at other avenues for bus funding from general operations. That could mean not being able to do thing other things in the district, such as hiring staff or funding some programs.
“We don't know what that means yet … but it is something to address,” he said.
Despite holding a community meeting and asking for anyone with questions to contact him about the bond issue questions, few showed up and he received zero calls.
And while more gave approval for the bond issue at nearly 53 percent versus those who didn't, it wasn't enough to get the required 60 percent supermajority — very similar to last time. The transportation bond election in 2017 had 55 percent support.
Passage of the bond issue would have prompted a 15-percent increase on property taxes, Riggs said, so for every $100 paid in property taxes per year, the increase would have been $15 per year.