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USA Schools going for a bond issue in May
Mary Drier posted by Tom Greene
Wed, 12 Feb 2020 15:58:17 EST
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Residents in the Unionville - Sebewaing Area School District will go to the polls in the spring to decided on ballot issue.
"USA Schools have filed a proposal that will appear on the May 5 ballot," said Tuscola County Clerk Jodi Fetting.
Because the school district is located in northern Tuscola County and southern Huron County, the ballot issue will be on the ballot in both counties for residents who are in the school district.
The ballot issue will asked voters to approve browning up to $2,570,000 and to issue general obligation bonds.
The ballot proposals says the money is for the purpose of: remodeling, furnishing or refurnishing and equipping or re-equipping school buildings, purchasing buses, erecting, furnishing and equipping a greenhouse structure at the middle - high school site, and preparing, developing, improving and equipping playgrounds, athletic fields and facilities and sites.
Voters will have the option to vote no or yes on the issue.
The estimated millage to be levied on the proposed bonds in 2021 if the request is approved by voters is .80 of a mill for 10 years.
In the information section of the proposal it notes that: the district does not expect to borrow from the state to pay the debt service on the bonds, and that "the estimated computed millage rate may change based on changes in certain circumstances."
It is also noted that district currently has $8,315,000 in outstanding qualified bonds and there are no loans outstanding.
The same ballot language will be on the ballots in Huron County and in Tuscola County for those within the USA district.
If approved, the levy on an $80,000 home would be about $32.
Back in November 2019, the board approved giving Sedgwick & Feweda Architects' fee of 8 percent for the bond amount after a positive bond vote.
In December 2019, Thrun Law Firm reviewed the ballot proposal and there was a meeting with the Treasury Department.
In planning to go for a bond issue, it was pointed out construction of wind turbine in the district was creating an opportunity for the district to address several needs like creating a secure vestibule entrance at the elementary school, replacing carpeting in the corridors at the elementary middle and high school, replacing aging equipment in the auditorium, replacing old lights with LED lights, replace the roof at the elementary and auditorium, getting additional STEM equipment and agricultural science equipment for the FFA program, improve irrigation system and storage for the soccer fields and other district needs.
- The district sent out a newsletter in November to more than 3,000 who live in the district, but not all received the letter.
- Law makers are considering modifying the Michigan Merit Curriculum by eliminating Algebra II was requirement for graduation.
- The varsity baseball trip to Tennessee was approved.