If most voters in
That fear has pushed younger troops to think about leaving. And because they're highly trained, they'd be snatched up quickly by cities like
Seeing what voters do on
Michiganders may be thrilled to vote for presidential candidates on
Nearly all ballot measures on
School officials across
With the exception of
By law, the proceeds from bond sales, as well the cash flows from so-called "sinking fund" taxes, can't be used for mere maintenance of existing buildings and equipment, nor for salaries and other operating expenses.
Right now, southeastern
The need to renovate and reinvest is coupled with this era's ultra-low interest rates, Lupher said. That's made bond sales a smart way to borrow, he said, pointing to Gov.
School bond amounts have grown, as districts decided they must buy costly security gear to gird against school shootings. Friday --
Other school wish lists include better equipment for teaching STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math -- as well as new facilities to stay competitive in athletics, plus the need to replace basics such as school buses, new roofs and boilers.
The pink rock stays
The bond measure on March ballots would, in part, build "an auxillary gym at both of our high schools -- we're one of the few districts that don't have two gyms for each high school," Cron said. A second gym gives more space for phys-ed classes during the school day, then sports-team training after school and community programs at night.
The district would also do renovations at every campus, although it would make major improvements to expand
"Overall, enrollment is dropping but our projections are seeing a pocket" of incoming kindergartners, she said, echoing the rationale behind
Here's a comfort: Plans to upgrade
Near the top of the ballot language for
"We're actually going to be cutting back on our school of choice numbers because our elementary school enrollment is going up," Good said.
'Don't jump ship'
"My biggest fear is, I have 10 of you guys jump ship before the election," Morin said Friday.
"If this goes down, yes, I lose
The township's millage question is a renewal of an existing tax, needed to pay for firefighters and firefighter/paramedics, Morin and the police chief have said. Opponents say it's money that could be found elsewhere in the township budget, which they insist is larded with waste -- the same charge leveled in
The chief looked solemnly at his troops.
"There's a lot of worries -- families, kids, car payments, mortgages. I get it," he said, raising his voice over a dispatcher's words, crackling from a speaker. That brought two firefighters to their feet and they dashed from the room.
"We are down four positions so far and there are two more retirements planned this year," leaving vacancies that won't be filled, Morin said.
The department had 74 personnel in 1989; it has 61, now while handling 270% more runs per year, the lion's share for emergency medical response, he said.
Seeing things from an opposite pole is
Last week, Valente sent an email blast that misidentified Fire Chief Morin with the police chief's name, as Valente criticized Morin's speech at the
"More lies -- just from another mouth -- to appeal to voters' emotions, not your intelligence -- for their overspending of your money, their empire building & benefits.
"Are our public servants incompetent or intentionally trying to deceive us? Either way, we must VOTE and VOTE 'NO' on their repeated tax. . ."
Reached Saturday, Valente, a 45-year township resident, said he'd sent a flyer opposing the millage to 7,000 addresses and soon would send another. He also has paid for numerous yard signs, he said. Valente said he did not know how passing the March millage would affect his own taxes.
"But the money isn't the issue for me. It's the principle. I've spent more money doing what I'm doing than I would save the rest of my life" if the millage fails, Valente said.
Tale of two taxes
Six miles south of
There, the similarities end. The small town of just 6,300 residents, according to SEMCOG, is far more liberal: 77% of voters supported
Still, the question there on March ballots could easily confuse voters, perhaps enough to trigger "no" votes. Labeled "Fire Fighters and Police Officers/Pension and Retirement System Proposal," the question asks voters to approve a 25-year levy of no more than 3.0 mills, which sounds clear enough.
Yet, according to Mayor
In a letter, published in the
He went on to say that the plan was the brainchild of 27 residents on a budget committee, who heard from road engineers and learned that about half of the roads in the city were in, officially, "poor" condition. If the plan passes, property taxes on the average house in the upscale city would rise "by less than
He voices his support as "a necessary and low-cost way to resolve many infrastructure challenges." Once the roads of improved, the wording of the ballot question allows the annual cash flow to go toward other needs.
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