Mott/Regent School District votes down proposed new school

On Tuesday May 20, the voters of the Mott/Regent school district cast their ballots and voted down a proposed measure to build a new school.

Posted May 23, 2014

By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

 

MOTT/REGENT – On Tuesday May 20, the voters of the Mott/Regent school district cast their ballots and voted down a proposed measure to build a new school.

Of the estimated 900 potential voters between the two communities, 838 votes were cast which included a number of absentee ballots. 672 of those votes came from Mott and 166 of them came from Regent.

Some anticipated the vote to be close, but it the end the majority voted no. In the Mott area, 60% voted no, and in Regent the number was 78%.

“I anticipated the vote was going to be close,” said William Gion, Mott/Regent School Board President. “I was surprised and disappointed that it was not more favorable.”

Though the vote didn’t turn out the way Gion expected, he was very happy to see the number of patrons that came out to cast their ballot.

“I do respect the fact that the patrons voted and when you get that turnout, it’s a pretty strong voice,” Gion said.

Gian also said the strong numbers show that people really care about their school, and people also care about their property taxes.

The school board can’t officially canvass the vote until all of the absentee ballots have been accounted for. People voting absentee had until 5 p.m. Monday (5/19) to have it in the mail. Though not all ballots have been received and the board will wait until it counts each and every one, Gion thinks it’s probably not enough

to sway the vote one way or the other.

“It’s very unlikely that there’s enough absentee ballots in the
mail that are going to change the outcome,” Gion said.

At this point the board is in a ‘wait-and-see’ moment. Unsure of what the next step will be, Gion said that perhaps in June they will hold a public forum with the residents to figure out what to do next. He’s hoping that after the large turnout for the vote, they will have a large turnout for discussing the next step.

“I am hoping that the people that turned out to vote, will turn out to give the board input,” Gion said.

The board will have to figure out what part of the proposed measure the public disagreed with, and they’ll have to wait for another vote. By rules, the board can’t hold another vote for six months.

If they do hold another vote, the measure could potentially have some changes from this one.

Overall Gion was glad to see the turnout and felt that even with the vote losing, a win was the public awareness.

“What we accomplished is raided an awareness and brought the concern to the people and now hopefully they’ll help the board develop a solution that’s workable,” Gion said. “We got a sound message from our community.

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