The proposed millage increase for Hamburg School District passed Tuesday night, May 21.

Approximately 60 percent of voters approved the 4-mill ad valorem increase for up to $7.8 million in school improvements.

In complete but unofficial results, 296 voters were in favor of the measure and 200 were against.

The proposed improvements, which were placed on the regular school board election ballot, were first presented at a public hearing in December.

Hamburg Schools Superintendent Tracy Streeter said Tuesday night that she was “super excited” about the results, and thanked the voters for their approval and those who worked to get the word out about the election.

“This gives us an opportunity to make improvements at every campus,” she said.

Hamburg is not a wealthy school district, she added, and “we hold onto our school with both hands and a big heart. I think this is a great reflection of the community support for the district and for the education we provide.”

At the polls Tuesday, a vote cast for the measure was in favor of increasing the Hamburg School District property tax rate by 4 mills, from 35.5 mills to 39.5 mills, and issuing up to $7.8 million in bonds to pay for building and equipping new school facilities and making additions and improvements to existing school facilities.

An against vote meant the voter was not in favor of increasing the millage.

Breaking down the ballots by precinct, in early votes, 110 were for and 84 were against; at the First United Methodist Church precinct, 142 were for and 68 against; at the Fountain Hill Methodist Church precinct, 10 were for and 27 against; at the Portland precinct, 27 were for and 13 were against; at the Wilmot precinct, six were for and seven against; and one provisional ballot was cast in favor of the measure.

At a December public hearing about the proposal, district officials said the $7.8 million bond issue would be used for improvements to all of the buildings in the district with the majority of the improvements made at the Hamburg High School campus, though other schools are included.

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