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City of Grand Rapids voters approve $305 million Grand Rapids Public Schools bonding proposal

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Yes for GR Kids campaign says residents will continue paying the same tax as voter approved 2015 bond.

City of Grand Rapids voters have agreed to extend the current tax rate of 3.85 mils over the next 20-years raising $305 million for Grand Rapids Public Schools.

John Helmholdt is the voluntary campaign advisor for the Yes for GR Kids campaign. He says it’s not a tax increase. Rather, it’s the same tax residents have been paying since voters approved the 2015 and 2004 bond proposals.

“We are so pleased and grateful that the voters of Grand Rapids once again said ‘yes’ to our GRPS students. This is going to raise $305 million for classrooms, air conditioning, safety, security, playgrounds, technology, athletics, fine arts and so much more. This was a big win.”

Helmholdt added the Board of Education will hear next steps at its November 13th meeting.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.