It keeps being reported that this will only cost the owner of a $120,000 home an additional $34 a year. In reality it will cost the owners of their homestead property 7 mills a year for thirty years. That equates to hundreds and thousands of dollars annually and the millage could potentially increase.
In January 2013 Spring Lake Schools had a Schools of Choice enrollment of 489 students, 20% of enrollment, and as of this years head count, added 45 new students that may also be Schools of Choice. What would be the need for new facilities if these students weren't attending?
Schools of Choice contribute nothing towards any bond debt. That comes from district property owners. Spring Lake administrators would argue that the Schools of Choice state aid ($3,378,510) supports Spring Lake programs. So are administrators saying then that Spring Schools are dependent on neighboring districts for Spring Lake's well being and would not be self sufficient without this additional aid? Does this aid that supports Spring Lake programs also deny neighboring districts these same programs? Is this ethical?
They may be 50 years old but are we really going to demolish structurally sound Holmes and Jeffers schools after additions and improvements have been made to them? If my home needed a new boiler, I would replace the boiler and not relocate, build a new home then tear down the old.
I feel like we've been given an ultimatum with a suggested shrinking window for taking advantage of the Michigan School Bond Loan Fund and I don't like that tactic.
How wise is it to expand facilities while operating at a deficit?
How do we measure the return on this $60,000,000 investment and if we could and it doesn't measure up, who will be held accountable?
We are still paying for a new high school plus Fitness and Aquatic Center and how taxpayers got duped into paying for the latter I can't understand. Improvements and additions have been made to existing structures. There are adequate athletic facilities. So what comes next even before the $60,000,000 bond proposal gets paid off, maybe a new middle school? That building is also pretty old!
Do we ever pay off a mortgage or isn't that the American Way anymore? The children that we have been encouraged to consider will inherent this debt.
Paul Schmidt, Spring Lake