Saline Area Schools residents to vote on bond issue in August election
Voters in the Saline Area Schools district will decide in August whether to approve a $28 million bond resolution that will fund infrastructure and technology improvements and perhaps buy new buses.
The school board voted Monday night to put the measure on the ballot and will make a presentation to residents about the bond issue and how the funds will be used at its regular school board meeting tonight. The meeting is in the Liberty School Media Center, 7265 Saline-Ann Arbor Road, will convene at 6:30 p.m.
The board had to submit a bond resolution to the state by 4 p.m. today in order to get the resolution on the Aug. 3 ballot.
This action by the school board will extend current bonds set to expire for another six to eight years and make it eligible for federal bonds, saving the district $7 million, said Steve Laatsch, district spokesman and assistant superintendent for instruction of Saline Area Schools. The current bonds expire in 2025.
Saline residents pay 7 mills toward the current bonds and would continue paying that under the proposed extension.
At tonight’s meeting, the board plans to unveil the details surrounding the bond resolution and explain its case to residents.
“Financially, it’s a tough time for Saline and Michigan, and we recognize that that’s an issue,” Laatsch said. “At the same time, we’re trying to send a message to residents that this is important to help keep the infrastructure. It’s our job as the administration to get the word out that (voters) understand the difference between asking for this versus saying we want to increase salaries.”