Planning for the Future
The Board of Education is asking the community to vote on a bond proposal on August 4, 2020. If approved, it would provide $17,005,000 for district-wide improvements to address identified and ongoing school infrastructure projects based on facility assessments and community input.
This bond will generate $17,005,000 for 4.10 mills.
If the bond proposal is approved by voters, the millage rate is expected to increase by approximately 4.10 mills over the 2019 debt tax rate. This is approximately an additional $17.08 per month for each $100,000 in market value / $50,000 in taxable property value.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a bond proposal?
A bond proposal is how a public school district asks its community for authorization to borrow money for capital expenditures by selling bonds.
How can funds from a bond be spent?
Voter-approved bond funds can be spent on new construction, additions, remodeling, site improvements, athletic facilities, playgrounds, buses, furnishings, equipment, and technology. Funds raised through the sale of bonds cannot be used on operational expenses such as employee salaries and benefits, school supplies, and textbooks. Bond funds must be kept separate from operating funds and must be audited by an independent auditing firm.
How was this bond proposal developed?
Over a decade ago, the Board of Education established a long-term vision to provide facilities for student and community use. Phase 1 of that plan was initiated in 2012 after the community approved a $5 million bond to address the most pressing needs at that time.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, absentee voting is encouraged. Absentee voter ballot applications have been mailed out to all registered voters. If you would like to vote by mail, follow these steps when you receive your ballot application:
1. Fill out the application for an absentee ballot according to the instructions and mail it in.
2. When your ballot arrives, complete and return it. Ballots must be received by the County Clerk by August 4 at 8:00 p.m.
If you would like to vote in person, local polling locations will be open on August 4 from 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM.
If you have further questions, contact Mr. Neil Hufnagel, Superintendent/High School Principal, at 989-593-2250 or by email at email@example.com.
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