1. Can you justify spending money on bricks, mortar, parking lots, architects fees, and football field turf when necessary repairs, updates for safety and technology could be made for a lower cost?
2. Are you in favor of increasing Spring Lake Public Schools debt from $27,575,000 for the High School to $59.8 million for much more than is currently needed?
3. Are you comfortable with SL Public Schools General Fund being operated at a deficit of $565,000 in 2013-14?
4. Do you like the fact taxes, since 1995, have doubled under Proposition A and have been used for salaries and benefits instead of a new Middle School math program and a desirable Middle School foreign language option?
5. Are you in favor of tearing down two existing neighborhood elementary schools because they need new roofs, mechanical systems and updated technology and replacing them with one large elementary school with two principals?
6. Are you aware that in 1997, a bond issue for a new Spring Lake High School passed by only 116 votes, 3% of those voting? Are you aware that the Nov. 5 ballot information includes the following, “ The estimated computed millage rate may change based on changes in certain circumstances” ?
7. Do you like being described as “uneducated and uninformed” if you recognize the high quality of education currently offered in SL Public Schools by teachers, involved parents and an affluent community and yet question the fiscal responsibility behind the November ballot proposal?
Can you afford not to vote absentee by Nov. 4 or in Spring Lake on Nov. 5? Every vote will count!
Information obtained from taxpayer supported SLPS website, Bond Proposal materials, raw data from SLPS Chief Financial Officer, Ottawa County records and SLPS sponsored meetings.
Ron and Sylvia Ruscett
Bill and Connie Widdis