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School Bonds Don’t Pass Everywhere

School bonds in Arlington County pass with approval ratings above 70% and 75%. Voters elsewhere in America don’t seem nearly as generous.

Yesterday’s Detroit Free Press reported that voters in Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties (Detroit and suburbs) defeated six of seven bond proposals. This came on the heels of the defeat of three of four bond proposals in February and 9 of 14 bond proposals in 2006.

The newspaper reported that “many” people blamed voters’ reluctance on the economy. But there must be other reasons. One school district split the proposals into one with high priority projects and the other with lesser priority projects, but voters defeated both. The question for Arlington’s school officials is whether they can continue maintaining the confidence of county voters.


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