Bond Proposal For Cadillac Area Public Schools Projected to Fail

Although one precinct remains to be reported in Wexford County — it could not change the outcome.

The CAPS Bond Proposal has failed by about 45 votes.

The bond proposal asked for 3.72 mills for Cadillac Area Public Schools.

This would provide more than $68 million over the next 25 years to help repair, replace and update old computers, building damage, and improve and consolidate facilities in the school district.

This would increase property taxes, so homeowners with an appraised value of $50,000 would have paid about $195 more per year.

There was no plan b.

One voter we spoke with said this was a missed opportunity to help kids.

“It’s very frustrating, being a young member of this community and looking forward to building a family,” says Jonathan Johnson. “I obviously want to make the most opportunity I can for my children in the future and this was a great opportunity for that that was lost.”

A slim margin of voters did not want to see their taxes go up, so it’s back to the drawing board for CAPS.

The superintendent said earlier Tuesday that they will have to start with a new draft and plan new community forums, but those will take time.

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The main item on ballots in Wexford County had voters deciding on a bond proposal that could bring tens of millions of dollars to help Cadillac Area Public Schools.

We received the unofficial results from Wexford County Clerk Elaine Richardson.

We are still waiting on one precinct but the results we have show the CAPS bond proposal failing by 45 votes: 2,512 yes 2,557 no.

To go over the prop again, the bond proposal would open the doors to sweeping renovations for Cadillac Area Public Schools.

The more than 3 mill bond would provide more than $68 million over the next 25 years to help repair, replace and update old computers, building damage and infrastructure.

The superintendent says there is no plan b and if this really does fail, they’ll have to start over at square one.

“Going back to the drawing board with our stakeholder groups, more community forums would likely be in our future but that takes time and the costs of these projects are not getting less. They are going up. We’re not going to not provide education. That’s our priority and certainly these are kids that we are talking about so we will do what we need to do,” Jennifer Brown, superintendent, Cadillac Area Public Schools said.

If the plan does pass with the final numbers coming in from other precincts, the construction projects would start up in spring 2018.

We will keep you updated throughout the evening as those numbers come into us.