Freeland School Election Information
On Wednesday, February 5, 2020, the Freeland Community School District Board of Education voted unanimously to place a $23.6 million bond proposal and a one-mill sinking fund proposal on the May 5th ballot.
As we have gone through this process, community members have asked questions, like “Why two proposals?” or “How will the ballot proposals affect me?” Residents also said they wanted to know how both proposals will benefit Freeland students and the community.
So, here’s some background information.
- Additional classrooms are needed to address the growing student population. Moving sixth-grade students to Freeland Middle School will create the needed space at Freeland Elementary School.
- To accommodate the move of sixth-grade students to Freeland Middle School, eight (8) new classrooms will be constructed in addition to necessary support space, including a gymnasium, locker rooms, and a secure entrance to FMS.
- The twelve-year bond proposal will be used to complete the large-scale projects and new construction at the Freeland Middle School/High School complex, which also includes: parking lot replacement and construction, roof replacement, renovation of classrooms, and HVAC system upgrades. Additionally, the proposal adds air conditioning to both the Learning Center and Elementary School.
- The eight-year sinking fund will be used to complete smaller projects that don’t require large sums of up-front funds. The sinking fund will address facility needs at the Learning Center and the Elementary School, including the replacement of roofs and parking lots, in a “pay as you go” manner.
- The Freeland Community School District Board of Education believes in following the practice of paying off bonds in the shortest amount of time possible. While reducing the number of years for bond repayment increases the annual cost for residents, it reduces the number of years residents will pay for the bond and, hence, reduces the overall cost.
The changes these proposals will bring will accommodate student growth and current facility needs. They will result in an enhanced learning environment for all of our students.
If approved by voters, the bond proposal will result in a net increase of 2.68 mills over the 2019 levy. For a taxpayer owning a home with a market value of $150,000, the cost of the increase will be approximately $16.75 per month, or about 55¢ per day
To calculate your monthly cost of the bond proposal, multiply the taxable value of your home (not the market value) by 0.00268 and divide by 12. For example, a home with a market value of $150,000 would pay 0.00268 times the taxable value of $75,000 = $201.00 divided by 12 = $16.75 per month.
The one-mill sinking fund will result in a tax increase of one mill. For the taxpayer owning a home with a market value of $150,000, the cost will be approximately $6.25 per month or 20¢ per day.
To calculate your monthly cost of the sinking fund proposal, multiply the taxable value of your home (not the market value) by 0.001 and divide by 12. For example, a home with a market value of $150,000 would pay 0.001 times the taxable value of $75,000 = $75.00 divided by 12 = $6.25 per month.
The Freeland Community School District wants to make certain that our residents are well informed about the proposals, and have all of their questions answered. We will be working to make certain voters understand the ballot proposals being put forward, and the benefits they will provide for our students.
Complete information about the May 5 ballot proposals is posted on the school district’s website, www.freelandschools.net. Residents with questions are invited to call any Freeland Principal or to contact me, Superintendent Matt Cairy, at 989/695-5527 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to answering any questions you may have.