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Voters in the Fenton Area Public Schools (FAPS) district said “yes” to a sinking fund renewal proposal Tuesday, Nov. 5. Voters have agreed to renew the current .8999 mills for another three years (2020, 2021 and 2022).

 The vote was 1,298 “yes” to 691 “no.”

 On Wednesday, Superintendent Adam Hartley said, “We are appreciative for our community and their continued support of Fenton Area Public Schools. Many people, including the school board, our FAPS staff, community leaders and our wonderful families, worked hard at educating our community on how important this renewal is for not only our school district but for the Fenton community as a whole. 

 “We are excited to continue our Sinking Fund projects and maintain the high expectations we have for our facilities and grounds to foster a safe and quality learning environment,” he said.

 The current sinking fund millage expires Dec. 31. Revenue collected in 2020 is expected to be approximately $820,000.

 Hartley has said, “Sinking Fund dollars are used to cover many projects within the school district’s six school buildings and other facilities, such as our board office, operations department and athletic complexes.

 “Sinking Fund dollars are earmarked for both short-term needs that arise each year such as parking lot upgrades and repairs and district wide long-term projects such as roofing upgrades (ongoing), flooring upgrades (i.e. all of AGS Middle School next summer) and the replacement of the FHS track and turf field (very near future).

 Hartley also said, “With over 650,000 square feet of facilities, we continue to repair and upgrade necessities, for example electrical infrastructure, classroom and exterior lighting, heating and ventilation, plumbing, and other costly repairs and upgrades that arise each year.”

 This is not a tax increase as the renewal is a continuation of what the Fenton community has supported over many years.

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