Voters OK both Carson City-Crystal ballot proposals

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 2:40 pm on Wednesday, May 09, 2012

CARSON CITY — Voters approved two ballot proposals Tuesday for Carson City-Crystal Area Schools.

An 18-mill operating millage renewal passed by 670 votes to 272 votes, or about 71 percent to 29 percent.

The millage will be spread out over five years and will generate approximately $1.8 million, which represents 22.5 percent of the district’s budget. The nonhomestead millage will only be levied on second homes and businesses — not on primary homes.

A 2-mill bond proposal to generate $995,000 over two years for building and site improvements also passed by 556 votes to 384 votes, or about 59 percent to 41 percent.

Bond improvements will include steam to hot water conversion and boiler replacement at the high school/middle school (which will result in an estimated $30,000 in energy savings) and roof, entrance and restroom improvements at Carson City Elementary School.

Daniyel McAlvey and Holly Keiffer were co-chairwomen of the bond campaign, along with Nancy Seals. Their motto is “Strong Schools, Strong Communities.”

“Obviously, we’re thrilled that both (proposals) have been passed,” Seals said. “It’s exciting that the voters of Carson City and Crystal and Hubbardston see the future of the school and how important it is.”

“I’m  happy that 71 percent care about the children and want bigger and better things for them,” Keiffer added. “I believe in my heart that number will do nothing but grow. We’ve got a good thing going.”

Voter turnout was almost 23 percent in Bloomer Township, 14 percent in Bushnell Township, 16 percent in Crystal Township, 14 percent in Ferris Township, 16 percent in North Plains Township, 15 percent in New Haven Township and almost 29 percent in the city of Carson City.

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