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Special education millage passes

CHEBOYGAN — A property tax renewal to help fund special education in schools within the Cheboygan-Otsego-Presque Isle Educational Service district was approved by voters on Tuesday.

The 0.6418 mill property tax renewal passed 6,443 to 4,030, according to unofficial election results, by voters in Cheboygan, Otsego, Presque Isle counties and in some portions of Antrim, Emmet, Montmorency and Oscoda counties. It will cost the owner of a $100,000 home approximately $32 annually over six years.

COPESD Superintendent Jamie Huber said he “greatly appreciated” voter support.

“On behalf of the COP school districts, and most importantly the students with disabilities these funds will serve, I’d like to sincerely thank the region’s voters for their ongoing support,” he said. “Funds provided through the six year millage renewal will continue to provide special education programming, staffing, and equipment in order to foster each student’s growth and success.”

Funds from the property tax can only be spent for special education and is split between 10 school districts within the educational service district’s boundaries.

Huber said the current levy expired in December of 2020 and the property tax would be collected in December.

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