As a community, we all take pride in the fact that Spring Lake schools are among the best in Michigan and appreciate the excellent work of the teachers and administrative staff. But this doesn’t mean we can ignore 60-year-old buildings that are expensive to maintain and have outlived their useful lives, athletic facilities that have fallen far behind their peers in terms of quality and safety, or a technology infrastructure that is outdated.
As a taxpayer I am certainly skeptical of new taxes. However, by taking advantage of a State program that will soon expire, a minimal tax increase today will prevent the need for a much larger increase a few years from now, as equipment and buildings continue to fail. I also recognize that a vibrant, successful school system only increases the value of my home.
Before November 5, I hope that voters will take the time to visit the Spring Lake Public Schools website or attend public meetings, consider the facts, and make an informed decision before heading to the polls. I know that I will be voting “Yes” to invest in the future of Spring Lake Public Schools and I hope they will as well.