Wayne County schools seek approvals of bonds, millages
Voters in several Wayne County school districts on Tuesday will decide the fate of millage proposals.
The Crestwood School District in Dearborn Heights has the biggest request on the ballot: a $35 million bond proposal to pay for building, playground, safety and technology upgrades.
The money will be used to do replace school building roofs and windows, reroute bus and parent traffic, improve school security and other things.
“All of our facilities are 50 years old or more,” said Brian Aprill, the district’s director of business operations. “We’ve been limping along, patching, repairing and fixing things as they come up.”
Under the proposal, the district will raise property taxes 3.5 mills for up to 25 years to pay for the bond. District officials said if approved, the measure will cost most homeowners less than $20 a month.
Crestwood has about 3,500 students at one high school, one middle school and three elementary schools. Aprill said district voters last approved a bond in the 1960s. Its most recent site sinking fund expired 10 years ago, he added.
Aprill said the district worked with a group of parents and community members to develop its bond proposal and get its message out. It also hosted five town hall meetings this month.
“We think the support is there” for passage, he said.
Elsewhere, Grosse Ile Township Schools is seeking approval of a $10.6 million bond to upgrade its athletic facilities, classroom equipment, safety measures and technology.
“We hope residents support it because it will affect every Grosse Ile school and every Grosse Ile student,” said Joanne Lelekatch, the district’s superintendent.
The proposal asks to increase property taxes by 0.25 mills for up to 12 years to pay for the bond. If approved, the proposal will cost the owner of a $250,000 home an additional $31.25 a year, according to officials.
Last May, it sought a bond and replacement of its sinking fund. Voters rejected the bond measure, but the sinking fund replacement won, Lelekatch said.
Dearborn Heights School District No. 7 and the Clarenceville School District hope residents in their communities approve renewing building and site sinking funds for 10 years.
The Dearborn Heights school district renewal would replace two previous sinking fund millages that paid for repairs and renovations of school buildings and grounds. Officials said the measure will not result in a tax increase and will generate about $898,000 in its first year.
Dearborn Heights School District No. 7 has more than 2,700 students at its five schools.
Clarenceville schools officials also said the district’s proposal will not result in a tax increase and will generate $1.2 million in its first year.
Clarenceville covers portions of Livonia and Redford in Wayne County, and portions of Farmington Hills and Southfield in Oakland County.
Hamtramck Public Schools is asking voters to renew a 10-year millage to pay for playgrounds and a public recreation system. Its proposal would generate about $844,000 in its first year.
Inkster, ISDs on ballot
Inkster is seeking to fill nine seats on its charter commission.
In March, voters approved a request to revise the city’s charter and switch its government from a council-city manager form to a mayor-council form. Those elected to the commission will serve a 3-year term.
■The Monroe Intermediate School District is seeking the five-year renewal of its regional enhancement millage.
The ISD is a regional agency that provides special education services to nine public school districts, two charter schools and 15 non-public schools in Monroe County. One of the districts, Airport Community Schools in Carleton, serves a portion of Sumpter Township on Wayne County’s southwestern corner.
Officials said the renewal will be used to pay for technology and related expenses. If approved, it would generate $5.4 million in its first year.
■The Washtenaw Intermediate School District is proposing a 1.5-mill increase to cover un-reimbursed costs to provide special education services. The ISD provides services to the Lincoln Consolidated School District, which serves a portion of Van Buren and Sumpter townships.
Officials said the measure would generate about $22 million per year. If approved, it will cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $75 a year.
Source: Wayne County Clerk’s Office