Only 180 Byron citizens showed up to vote on Tuesday, Aug. 6 — but it was enough to pass the school district’s fourth sinking fund renewal.
Voters approved the renewal with 110 “yes” votes. Seventy voters cast “no” votes.
Voters approved the first Byron Area Schools sinking fund in February 2014, the second in March 2016, and third in August 2017. The current sinking fund expires Dec. 31. The proposed renewal includes 2.9694 mills for five years.
In a June letter to the community, Superintendent Tricia Murphy-Alderman said, “The goal of this approved Sinking Fund will continue to focus on upgrading and improving our school facilities, including our parking lots, interior and exterior lighting and stadium bleachers.” The district asked for the currently authorized millage rate of 2.9694 (or $2.964 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) to be approved for a period of five years (2020 to 2024), inclusive.
The owner of a home with a taxable value of $75,000 will continue to pay $222.30 per year through 2024.