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SPACE and REPLACE

Why is Oakridge asking for a millage increase?

Oakridge Public Schools is running out of space in its buildings because increasing enrollment trends, and because a few years ago the state started requiring all-day kindergarten to qualify for full funding.  If this Bond Proposal passes, new classrooms and a new elementary gymnasium will be added.  Funding is also requested to replace boilers and heating unit ventilators to regulate heat and save energy.  Basic infrastructure such as roofing and electrical panels that have reached their lifespan would be replaced.  With bond dollars dedicated  to facility upgrades, general fund dollars would remain primarily focused on student learning.

When will the bond proposal be on the ballot?

The Bond Proposal will be on the Tuesday, May 2, 2017, ballot.

What will voters be asked to approve?

Voters within the Oakridge School District will be asked to consider the Bond Proposal to raise property taxes by 2.54 mills. This would raise $10.77 million for facility improvements and additions.

What will the cost be to taxpayers?

If the Bond Proposal passes, the owner of a home with a taxable value of $40,000 (home value of $80,000) would pay approximately $1.96/week, $8.50/month, or $102/year more in property taxes. The average taxable value of homes in the district is $40,265.

Impact to Taxpayer

Number of Egelston homes by Taxable Value

Who does the 2.54 mills impact?

Does the Michigan Homestead Property Tax Credit (MHPC) Apply to this proposal?

YES!  In fact, you can use this Personalized Impact to Taxpayer Calculator  (http://www.pfmtaxcalc.com/oakridge/) to calculate your own specific circumstances.  You simply need to enter your (1) annual income, (2) taxable home value, (3) whether your are a senior citizen, disabled, or not, (4) homestead or not, and (5) township.  It tells you your total increased taxes owed if the Bond Proposal is approved by voters.  With the MHPC factored into it, some Senior Citizens or disabled residents may owe ZERO increased taxes.
 Download this Michigan Homestead Property Tax Credit memo for a detailed description of the MHPC.

What Happens to Carr Schools in this Bond Proposal?

The Community Stakeholder Facilities Steering Committee reviewed the August 2016 election results, surveyed the community with almost 300 respondents, and deliberated on this matter.  The conclusion of this study showed lack of stakeholder unity and opinions were too diverse to include in the Bond Proposal.  Therefore, the Carr School buildings will remain as is for the foreseeable future.

Why ask for a millage increase now?

During the Master Facility Planning Process, a committee of citizens, parents, staff, and administration identified concerns with aging facilities and infrastructure, increasing enrollment, and limited gym availability.  This committee recommended to the Board that these projects be addressed now.

What will the money be spent on?

Lower Elementary

  • Adds an elementary gymnasium.  This building has the highest enrollment in the district and is the only building without a gym separate from the cafeteria. Relocation of third grade allows GSRP preschool to vacate the Carr site and join kindergarten, first, and second graders at Lower Elementary.
  • Replace 2 boilers
  • Replace heating units in classrooms and current cafeteria/gym/auditorium
  • Replace roofing sections 6, 8, 9
  • Replace electrical load center/breakers

Upper Elementary

  • Adds 8 newly constructed classrooms and expanded parking for additional staff and parents.  Allows space for third grade to relocate to building.
  • Renovates large open space at north end of building into a library/media center and renovates 2 locker rooms into classrooms, storage, and staff meeting rooms.
  • Replace roofing sections 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Replace classroom heating units
  • Replace electrical distribution panel

Middle School

  • Renovate auditorium stage area (safety, electrical, aesthetics)
  • Replace heating units in classrooms, gymnasium, and auditorium.  Add air conditioning to auditorium.
  • Replace 400 hallway lockers
  • Replace corridor/hallway bathrooms (tile, plumbing, partitions, accessories)
  • Replace gymnasium air handling heating units
  • Replace roofing sections 2, 3, 4, 5

How will students and staff be impacted?

Funding would provide additional classrooms and learning space for Oakridge students and teachers. Similarly, the proposed new elementary gymnasium would provide dedicated gym space for physical education activities and athletic practices. In addition, the projects would improve the school environment by regulating heat within school buildings and keep classrooms dry with new roofs.  Lastly, additional parking for staff and parents would reduce crowded lots and parking in the roadways and improve student safety.

 

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