Saline Area Schools announces two community forums on bond proposal set for February vote
Saline Area Schools is holding two public forums for community members to learn more about the $22 million bond proposal on the ballot Feb. 22.
Superintendent Scot Graden announced the forums will be held at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 1 and at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7, both at the Liberty School Media Center, 7265 Saline-Ann Arbor Road.
Graden said the district is planning to share information about the goals of the proposal, the length of the bond rate extension and the impact of the proposal on the 2011-12 budget.
The bond is a revamped version of the proposal rejected by voters in the 2010 primary election. The bond would add $22 million in new debt to the current $124 million bond by extending repayment by six years, from 2025 to 2031. The new proposal is $4 million less than the previous proposal.
According to the language of the bond proposal, the funds generated will be used for remodeling, furnishing, equipping school buildings, installing new technology in schools, acquiring school buses and developing and improving playgrounds and building sites.
Graden said in November that about 85 percent of the bond would be used for building and site improvements in the district and 15 percent for technology and busing.
Homeowners in the Saline school district are paying taxes on the current bond, which began in 2000, until 2025. The bond now costs the owner of a home with a taxable value of $100,000 about $700. The 7-mill rate would continue if the bond is extended.
Kyle Feldscher covers K-12 education for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.