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Okemos Board of Education asks voters to let the district borrow money for capital improvements

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The Okemos Board of Education is asking voters to let the district borrow money for capital improvements.

Board members voted this week to recommend a 275 million dollar bond proposal for the November 8th ballot.

The money will fund upgrades including the replacement of three schools.

One of them is Cornell Elementary. Although a steering committee previously proposed relocating that school, board members have since decided to keep it at Cornell Avenue after surveying families.

After Michigan’s Department of Treasury reviews the proposal, the district has until mid August to send final ballot language to the elections clerk.

If voters approve the measure this fall, officials say the district’s overall property tax rate will stay the same at 7 mills.