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Benzie School bond approved by voters on fourth try

Taylor Wizner

According to unofficial election results, voters approved a plan to pay for improvements to Benzie County schools. The proposal passed with more than 700 votes as of Wednesday morning. Voters knocked it down in three previous elections.

The plan would raise $39 million in taxes over the next 25 years. That would fund a long list of improvements like the new locker rooms, as well as a few big ticket items including roof replacements, a new elementary school, science labs and a fleet of new buses. 

Irene Wesley voted for the millage Tuesday.

"Because our kids are important. They are the future. They need what they need,” she said.

IPR may update this story as more election results come in.


Max came to IPR in 2017 as an environmental intern. In 2018, he returned to the station as a reporter and quickly took on leadership roles as Interim News Director and eventually Assignment Editor. Before joining IPR, Max worked as a news director and reporter at Michigan State University's student radio station WDBM. In 2018, he reported on a Title IX dispute with MSU in his story "Prompt, Thorough and Impartial." His work has also been heard on Michigan Radio, WDBM and WKAR in East Lansing and NPR.
Taylor Wizner covers heath, tourism and other news for Interlochen Public Radio.