The Dexter Community Schools Board of Education has thrown their support behind Proposal 1, joining a list of local supporting municipalities.
Proposal 1, which is on the May 5 ballot, is a constitutional amendment that is meant to increase funding for road repairs throughout the state of Michigan by increasing the fuel tax to 41.7 cents or 14.9 percent of a gallon of fuel’s base value, whichever is greater.
It would also increase the non-fuel sales tax from 6 to 7 percent, an increase that is earmarked for the School Aid Fund. If passed, the proposal is projected to bring in $200 million in revenue for K-12 schools around the state during the first year.
Proposal 1 also eliminates School Aid Fund appropriations for higher education and constitutionally guarantees the money for K-12 schools, community colleges and career technical education.
The board of education joins the cities of Ann Arbor and Dexter in publicly supporting the measure through a resolution. The resolution passed unanimously without discussion.
“Proposal 1 on the May 5, 2015 ballot is Michigan’s best chance to finally fix our roads, provide additional funding for our schools and local governments, while also protecting the School Aid Fund from future diversions to institutions of higher education from the School Aid Fund,” reads the resolution language from the board.
Read the full resolution here:
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Additionally, the board of education voted to cancel the May 4 meeting as several board members will be out of town. The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on May 18 at Creekside Elementary School.