Pontiac Schools Seeking Millage for Facility Repairs – Vote is May 5

Renaissance_Unity_Brown_TopPontiac Schools Seeking Millage for Facility Repairs – gardenfreshADVote is May 5

The Pontiac School District Board of Education approved ballot language for a May 5, 2015 millage proposal for a building and site sinking fund tax levy. The Pontiac Schools District is seeking 2.87 mills ($2.87 on each $1,000 of taxable value) for five years from property owners. This is less than the current 3.87 mills for a 1991 general obligation bond set to expire in 2015.

Should this millage pass, property owners would see a decrease of 1.0 mil from their tax bills. The district has made significant progress on reducing its deficit. In fact, the district was able to reduce its deficit by 24 % in just one year. The reduction of $12.6 million to $39.1 million was two years ahead of schedule. The district has also seen improved Red Door Realty Ad _own_your_dreamstudent learning, expanded use of technology in the classroom and more stable enrollment with lower class sizes.

However more needs to be done.

Buildings are in poor condition and are in desperate need of repairs, upgraded utilities and new roofs. These needs cannot be met without this tax levy. Sinking funds are dedicated for the sole use of school facility repairs and improvements, and cannot be used for any other purpose.

“We are committed to providing safe schools for our students,” Superintendent Kelley Williams said. “All district buildings have suffered from the recent recession and declining revenues; we now must make them a priority. Schools with sound roof s, updated heating systems and upgraded security are not only less expensive to maintain, but have steele lindbloom adbeen proven to positively impact student learning.”

Without these improvements, many Pontiac School District buildings will not be fit to accommodate students in the future. “Pontiac School District is growing stronger with the support of staff, parents, students, and community partners. Together we can provide our Pontiac students with safe, comfortable Pontiac schools,” said Pontiac Board of Education President Karen Cain.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions see: http://www.pontiac.k12.mi.us/cms/lib8/MI01908024/Centricity/Shared/PSD%20SFM%20FAQ%2003032015.pdf.

For more information see: http://www.pontiac.k12.mi.us/Page/211.

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