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Two bond proposals on Tuesday’s ballot

By
JACKIE KOCH

Two bond proposals are on local ballots for the May 4 Consolidated Election, both of them connected to school districts. The Tecumseh Public Schools millage renewal proposal to provide funds to operate a system of public recreation and playgrounds is specifically for the continuation of operating funds for the Tecumseh Community Pool at Compass Learning Center, 307 Maumee St. The pool serves both the school and the community, and the millage renewal will allow the school district to continue to levy public recreation millage previously approved by the electors that will expire with the 2021 levy.

This millage is not an additional amount for taxpayers, but a continuation of what they have been paying to ensure the Tecumseh Community Pool stays open. The proposal reads, “Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation of .2488 mill ($0.2488 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property in Tecumseh Public Schools, Lenawee County, Michigan, be renewed for a period of 5 years, 2022 to 2026, inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds for operating a system of public recreation and playgrounds; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect for such recreation program if the millage is approved and levied in 2022 is approximately $162,000 (this is a renewal of millage that will expire with the 2021 tax levy)?” For a homeowner with a house valued at $200,000, the annual cost of the millage would remain the same as it has been, about $25 per year.

Voters in the Tecumseh Public Schools district, which includes the City of Tecumseh as well as some voters in the townships of Tecumseh, Clinton, Adrian, Franklin, Macon, Raisin, and Ridgeway, will be able to choose yes or no to approve or deny the millage renewal.  Polling location for all precincts is in Tecumseh at the A.J. Smith  Recreation Center, 810 N. Evans St., from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

According to Tonya Miller, Tecumseh’s city clerk, all voters in the Tecumseh Public School District who will vote in the May 4 election will come to the AJ Smith Recreation Center to vote on the Tecumseh Community Pool proposal, regardless of what township they live in. The polls will be open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. on that day.

However, all those Tecumseh school district residents who live outside the city and who chose to vote by absentee ballot must return that ballot only to their own township clerk’s office.

Absentee voting Tecumseh city residents were to request their ballot from Tecumseh City Hall, and must return their ballot to City Hall either inside the building, or before Election Day in the absentee ballot box located in the drive exiting the City Hall parking lot, but that ballot box will not be open for ballots returned on the day of the election. It is also permissible to drop an absentee ballot in the night drop box at the back entrance of City Hall. All absentee ballots must be turned in by 8 p.m. on May 4. For more information on precincts and voting, visit mytecumseh.org/departments/city_clerk/index.php or call Miller at 424.6541.

Voters in the Clinton Community Schools district will vote on a proposal that asks if the district should borrow a sum not to exceed $34,800,000 and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds in one or more series for the purpose of erecting, furnishing and equipping additions to school buildings; remodeling, equipping and re-equipping and furnishing and refurnishing school buildings; acquiring, installing, equipping and re-equipping school buildings for instructional technology; purchasing school buses; and preparing, developing and improving sites.

The cost to school district residents would be, at 1.76 mills for a house with a taxable value of $50,000 (which is the minimum market value of $100,000), $88 per year or $7.33 per month.

If the proposal passes, David P. Pray Pre-School would receive two new classrooms, a multipurpose room, classroom equipment and furnishings; Clinton Elementary school would gain eight additional classrooms, new boilers/heating units, renovation of existing classrooms and interior corridors, replacement of electrical and fire alarm systems, installation of new secure entrances, and upgrade of playgrounds. Middle school students would move to the high school, with an addition of 17 classrooms and an athletic fieldhouse. A separation corridor would keep middle school students and high school students in separate areas. The high school would also receive a new cafeteria, new music, band and art rooms, classroom equipment and furnishings. Boilers and heating units would be replaced, with rooftop units replaced for air quality, and new secure entrances would be installed.

At the middle school, updated parking lots, renovated restrooms, a new fire alarm system and upgraded electrical system would prepare it to become a community use facility. The current older home that houses the board office would eventually be demolished to make space for much-needed additional parking, with the board office moved to the middle school building, which would become a facility for all ages, from senior citizens, to youth sports utilizing the gym and athletic complex.

Voters in the Clinton Community Schools district, which includes Bridgewater, Clinton, Franklin, Macon, Manchester, Saline, and Tecumseh townships, will vote at Clinton Township Hall, 172 W. Michigan Ave., Clinton between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on May 4. Proposal information may be found at miclintonschools.org/2021-bond-proposal.
 

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