EMS, Veterans and two school bond proposals sought

 

Voters in the Almont school district have a full ballot, including four proposals. Taxpayers go to the polls August 6.

ALMONT — Voters in the Almont school district will be going to the polls in early August to determine the fate of several matters, including four proposals.

Those choosing to vote will consider a request for a pair of six-year requests from Lapeer County EMS and Veterans Affairs.

Taxpayers are also being asked to consider two proposals for the school district, one for over $22 million and the other for more than $10 million.

It is the second time voters have been asked to consider the school issues this year, having turned down the original $54 million request by a resounding 3-1 margin.

EMS Executive Director Russ Adams battled the Lapeer County Commissioners in regards to having the millage language allowed on the August ballot. Commissioners finally agreed, on a split vote, to let the matter be placed on the ballot. The question to voters county wide is:

“Shall Lapeer County be authorized to renew its millage supporting county-wide emergency medical services through an interlocal government agreement with the Lapeer County Emergency Medical Services Authority of 0.8814 mills with new additional millage of 0.3 mills for a total millage of 1.1814 mills ($1.18 for each $1,000 of taxable property value) for 6 years, from 2025 through 2030? It is estimated that this millage renewal for continuing county-wide emergency medical services will raise approximately $4,803,958.09 in its first year.”

•VETERANS AFFAIRS MILLAGE PROPOSAL “Shall the expired previously voted increases in the tax limitations in Lapeer County of 0.185 mills (.185 per $1,000 of taxable value), reduced to .1813 mills (0.1813 per $1,000 of taxable value) by the required millage rollbacks, be renewed at and increased up to the original voted 0.185 mills for 6 years, 2024 through 2029, inclusive, for the continued funding of the Lapeer County Department of Veterans’ Affairs? If approved, this new additional millage would allow the County to levy up to 0.185 mills (replacing the two previously authorized Veterans’ Affairs Millages which expired in 2023) for the purpose of continuing to support funding for the administration of Lapeer County’s Department of Veterans’ Affairs, raising an estimated $754,416.50 in the first year if approved and levied. A property with a taxable value of $100,000 would be annually taxed up to $18.50 for the millage.”

•ALMONT COMMUNITY SCHOOLS BOND PROPOSAL 1 “Shall Almont Community Schools, Lapeer, St. Clair, Macomb and Oakland Counties, Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Twenty-Two Million Six Hundred Eighty Thousand Dollars ($22,680,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor, for the purpose of erecting, furnishing and equipping additions to the high school building; remodeling, furnishing and refurnishing and equipping and re-equipping school buildings; and erecting, preparing, developing, improving and equipping playgrounds, athletic fields, facilities and structures and sites?”

The following is for informational purposes only: The estimated millage that will be levied for the proposed bonds in 2024, under current law, is 1.50 mills ($1.50 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation). The maximum number of years the bonds may be outstanding, exclusive of any refunding, is fifteen (15) years. The estimated simple average annual millage anticipated to be required to retire this bond debt is 3.28 mills ($3.28 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation).

The school district does not expect to borrow from the State to pay debt service on the bonds. The total amount of qualified bonds currently outstanding is $7,620,000. (Pursuant to State law, expenditure of bond proceeds must be audited and the proceeds cannot be used for repair or maintenance costs, teacher, administrator or employee salaries, or other operating expenses.)

•ALMONT COMMUNITY SCHOOLS BOND PROPOSAL 11 “Shall Almont Community Schools, Lapeer, St. Clair, Macomb and Oakland Counties, Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Ten Million Fifty Thousand Dollars ($10,050,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor, for the purpose of erecting, furnishing and equipping an addition to the primary school building; remodeling school buildings; and preparing, developing and improving playgrounds, athletic fields and sites?”

The following is for informational purposes only: The estimated millage that will be levied for the proposed bonds in 2024, under current law, is 1.10 mills ($1.10 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation). The maximum number of years the bonds may be outstanding, exclusive of any refunding, is ten (10) years. The estimated simple average annual millage anticipated to be required to retire this bond debt is 2.13 mills ($2.13 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation).

The school district does not expect to borrow from the State to pay debt service on the bonds. The total amount of qualified bonds currently outstanding is $7,620,000.

(Pursuant to State law, expenditure of bond proceeds must be audited and the proceeds cannot be used for repair or maintenance costs, teacher, administrator or employee salaries, or other operating expenses.)

Voters will decide the outcome of these four millages when they go to the polls August 6.