What Issues Will You Be Voting On?
In Ann Arbor, there are NO proposals on the Aug. 8 ballot. For a list of ballot proposals in other communities throughout Washtenaw County (Ypsilanti, Dexter, Lyndon Township and Northfield Township,) scroll below for a summary of those proposals, or check out the county elections website.
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City of Ypsilanti: Tax for Water Street Debt
The City of Ypsilanti is trying again to get voter approval for an estimated 2.3-mill tax that would pay down debt related to the city's Water Street redevelopment. A similar effort in 2016 failed by a 39-vote margin.
Here's exactly what you'll see on the ballot:
WATER STREET DEBT MILLAGE PROPOSAL
Shall the City of Ypsilanti be authorized to pledge its unlimited tax full faith and credit for payment of its Limited Tax General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2016A (Taxable), which are outstanding in the principal amount of $7,405,000 payable through 2031, which were issued for the purpose of financing and refinancing capital improvement costs relating to the Water Street Redevelopment Project? The estimated millage to be levied in 2018 is 2.30 mills ($2.30 per $1,000 of taxable value) and the estimated simple average annual millage rate required to retire the bonds is 2.3 mills ($2.30 per $1,000 of taxable value).
Click here for more information on the City of Ypsilanti's website. An advocacy group – Citizens for Ypsilanti – is supporting the millage.
In the News: Ypsilanti Tax for Water Street Debt
Water Street millage proposal focus of upcoming debate in Ypsilanti – MLive, July 5, 2017
Ypsilanti Water Street Debt Millage Will Appear On Ballot – WEMU, May 18, 2017
The Water Street Millage… back on the ballot August 8 – Mark Maynard blog, April 6, 2017
Ypsilanti residents launch new millage campaign for Water Street debt retirement – Concentrate Ann Arbor, Feb. 15, 2017
Once more with feeling: Ypsi group seeks to place Water Street Debt Millage on Ballot – Damn Arbor, Feb. 7, 2017
Dexter Community Schools: Bond Proposal for School Infrastructure
A bond proposal for voters in the Dexter Community Schools district could raise up to $71.7 million for several projects, including a new elementary school, renovations at other buildings, land acquisition and equipment. According to the district administration, the bond is not expected to increase the current 8.5-mill tax that property owners in the district pay.
Here's exactly what you'll see on the ballot (and yes, it's long):
Shall the Dexter Community Schools, Counties of Washtenaw and Livingston, Michigan, borrow the principal sum of not to exceed Seventy-One Million Seven Hundred Five Thousand Dollars ($71,705,000) and issue its unlimited tax general obligation bonds for the purpose of defraying the cost of:
• Erecting, completing, equipping and furnishing a new elementary school building;
• Constructing additions to and remodeling, equipping, re-equipping, furnishing, re-furnishing school buildings, and other facilities, including for technology, energy conservation and security improvements and purchasing school buses;
• Acquiring land and preparing, developing, or improving sites, including school buildings, outdoor athletic fields, athletic facilities, playfields, playgrounds and other facilities;
• Acquiring, installing, equipping and re-equipping school buildings and other facilities, including classrooms?
The debt millage required to retire all bonds of the School District currently outstanding and proposed pursuant to this ballot is expected to remain at or below 8.50 mills. The estimated millage to be levied in 2017 to service this issue of bonds is 1.939 mills ($1.939 per $1,000 of taxable value) and the estimated simple average annual millage rate required to retire the bonds of this issue is 2.406 mills ($2.406 per $1,000 of taxable value). The bonds may be issued in one or more series, payable in the case of each series in not to exceed 30 years from the date of issue of such series.
The School District currently has $60,595,000 of qualified bonds outstanding and approximately $25,194,160 of qualified loans outstanding under the School Bond Qualification and Loan Program (the “Program”). The School District expects to borrow from the Program to pay debt service on these bonds. The estimated total principal amount of additional borrowing is $2,175,550 and the estimated total interest thereon is $10,542,205. The estimated duration of the millage levy associated with that borrowing is 13 years and the estimated computed millage rate for such levy is 8.50 mills. The estimated computed millage rate may change based on changes in certain circumstances.
(Under State law, expenditure of bond proceeds must be audited, and the proceeds cannot be used for teacher, administrator or employee salaries, repair or maintenance costs or other operating expenses.)
In the News: Dexter Community Schools Bond Proposal
Dexter Schools sets more community forums on $72M bond proposal – MLive, June 9, 2017
How Dexter Schools will spend $72 million if voters pass bond – MLive, May 23, 2017
Dexter Schools seeks $72 million bond for new elementary, building plan – MLive, May 9, 2017
See how much Washtenaw County taxpayers pay for their public schools – MLive, April 7, 2017
Lyndon Township: Bond for Public Broadband Internet
Lyndon Township, located in western Washtenaw County just northwest of Chelsea, hopes to raise up to $7 million in bond funding to build a public fiber optic network that would provide high-speed Internet access to its residents. Spotty to non-existent broadband has been a long-term challenge in the county's rural areas.
The effort is supported by the Chelsea-based Michigan Broadband Cooperative. Click here for information about the proposal on MBC's website.
Here's exactly what you'll see on the ballot:
BROADBAND INTERNET BOND PROPOSAL
Shall the Township of Lyndon, County of Washtenaw, Michigan, borrow the principal sum of not to exceed Seven Million Dollars ($7,000,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds, in one or more series, payable in not to exceed twenty (20) years from the date of issue of each series, for the purpose of paying the cost to acquire, construct, furnish, and equip capital improvements consisting generally of a fiber optic infrastructure to provide broadband internet service in the Township including, but not limited to, fiber optic backbone, service lines, necessary electronics, rights-of-way, accessories and attachments thereto and any other related component, equipment or cost necessary to place the improvements into service?
If approved, the estimated millage to be levied in 2017 is 2.8692 mills ($2.8692 per $1,000 of taxable value) and for the remaining 19 years the estimated simple average annual millage rate required to retire the bonds is 2.9102 mills ($2.9102 per $1,000 of taxable value).
Town hall meetings on this proposal are scheduled for Wednesday, June 21 and Thursday, July 20 at the Lyndon Township Hall, 17751 North Territorial Road. Both meetings start at 7 p.m.
In the News: Lyndon Township Bond for Public Broadband Internet
[We'll post news coverage of this proposal as it becomes available. Meanwhile, more information is on the Michigan Broadband Cooperative website.]
Northfield Township: Tax for Fire & Medical Rescue Services
Northfield Township, located in northern Washtenaw County – about halfway between Ann Arbor and Brighton off of US-23 – is asking voters to approve a 2-mill tax to fund fire services and medical rescue.
Here's exactly what you'll see on the ballot:
FIRE SERVICE AND MEDICAL RESCUE MILLAGE PROPOSAL
This proposal will allow the Township to levy 2.00 mills to fund fire service and medical rescue in Northfield Township. The sole prior millage to fund fire service and medical rescue expired with the 2016 levy.
Shall the limitation of the amount of taxes which may be imposed on taxable property in the Township of Northfield, County of Washtenaw, Michigan, be increased, as provided by Section 6 of Article IX of the Michigan Constitution, 1963, by 2.00 mills ($2.00 per thousand dollars of taxable value) for a period of five (5) years, 2017 to 2021, inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds for fire and medical rescue services including equipment in Northfield Township? It is estimated that 2.00 mills would raise approximately $682,654 when first levied in 2017.
The township board voted to place the millage proposal on the ballot at its May 9, 2017 special meeting. Minutes from that meeting are not yet posted online, and there has been minimal news coverage.
In the News: Northfield Township Tax for Fire & Medical Rescue Services
[We'll post news coverage of this proposal as it becomes available.]
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