OUR VIEW: Area benefits from altruistic voters

By Daily News • Last Updated 10:33 am on Thursday, May 08, 2014

A philanthropic culture of voting Tuesday saw the approval of all four proposals on the ballot.

A Montcalm County Central Dispatch 911 surcharge renewal proposal saw the most favorable results, with 73 percent of voting in the affirmative.

A Montcalm County Commission On Aging millage renewal proposal also easily passed with 69 percent of the vote.

A special education millage renewal and increase proposal from the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District saw a closer battle in the polls, but was approved with 56 percent of the vote.

Another close race was in the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools district, where an $11 million bond proposal ended up passing with 57 percent of the vote.

We thought all four ballot proposals were worthy ones and endorsed them as such. It’s inspiring to see the majority of voters felt the same way about our students, senior citizens and emergency services.

The CC-C school district saw the largest voter turnout in Montcalm County, due in no small part to the school bond proposal. Carson City had a 35 percent voter turnout, while Bloomer Township had 33 percent and Crystal Township had 25 percent.

The worst areas of the county for voter participation were one Reynolds Township precinct with almost 5 percent and one Greenville precinct at 6 percent.

Overall, Montcalm County saw a dismal 12 percent voter turnout Tuesday. This dim number means only a fraction of this county’s population cared enough to (hopefully) become informed about the ballot proposals and help make the final decision.

Low voter turnout numbers are nothing new in special elections, but they never fail to discourage us. We take heart in the fact that there are still those who can be bothered to vote and who actively maintain our caring communities in Montcalm County.

Editorial opinions are the consensus of The Daily News editorial board.

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